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Friday, September 28, 2012

Follow-Up Lacking for Babies After Hepatitis B Vaccination: CDC

Testing needs to ensure vaccine blocked mother-to-child transmission of virus

THURSDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B do not receive recommended follow-up testing after vaccination, a new study finds.

Infants born to mothers infected with hepatitis B should receive the hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immune globulin within 12 hours of birth, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends. Infants should complete the three-dose hepatitis B series, which is up to 95 percent effective in preventing infections.

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