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.