What is it about?

The birth dose of hepatitis B in India is given within 24 hours and those children who have crossed 24 hours are not vaccinated. Because of this reason, the coverage of birth dose hepatitis B in India is very low.

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Why is it important?

According to SAGE recommendations, the birth dose can be given up to 7 days after birth. So it is high time to reconsider the schedule of hepatitis B birth dose in India.

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This work is of public health importance and asks for a change in the scheduling of hepatitis b birth dose vaccination in the country with immediate effect.

Dr MOHAN KUMAR M
All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Hepatitis B Vaccine birth dose in India: Time to reconsider, Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2019.1640557.
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