Hepatitis B Birth Dose



Picture of a baby and the words Protect Babies from Hepatitis B.

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."

For Parents

Hepatitis B and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It (PDF)

Hep B moms

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?

For Hospitals

Give Birth to the End of Hepatitis B Washington Flyer (PDF)

Give the Birth Dose... Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives! (PDF)

Birth dose honor roll

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)

For Providers Post Delivery

Hepatitis B FAQs for Health Professionals