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It is important to start the hepatitis B immunisation as soon as possible after birth to ensure that the immunisation is as effective as possible and offers protection from hepatitis B throughout infancy and early childhood when the risk of becoming chronically infected is high.

With your consent, your baby will be given a dose of the hepatitis B vaccine usually within 24 hours after birth. Babies can receive their first dose up to seven days old. This dose should be recorded by the birth hospital in your baby’s Personal Health Record.




References:

  1. National Immunisation Program Schedule (from 20 April 2015, updated 23 February 2016): http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/national-immunisation-program-schedule
  2. Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition (updated June 2015): http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home
  3. NCIRS Adult Vaccination factsheet (updated August 2015): http://www.ncirs.edu.au/assets/provider_resources/fact-sheets/adult-vaccination-fact-sheet.pdf

VACCINATIONS FOR BIRTH