The hepatitis B shot is safe and effective and has been recommended for infants since 1991.
Why should my child get the hepatitis B shot?
- Protects your child against hepatitis B, a potentially serious disease.
- Protects other people from the disease because children with hepatitis B usually don't have symptoms, but they often pass the disease to others without anyone knowing they were infected.
- Prevents your child from developing liver disease and cancer from hepatitis B, it is the world's first "anti-cancer vaccine."
Hepatitis B and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It (PDF)
Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies. Hepatitis B Vaccine Helps Protect Your Baby's Future! (PDF)
Why Do Newborns Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine? (YouTube)
What is Hepatitis B?
Give Birth to the End of Hepatitis B Washington Flyer (PDF)
Give the Birth Dose... Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives! (PDF)
Practices to improve coverage of the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine
Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns (PDF)
Policy and Standing Orders (PDF)