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1 in 5 At-Risk U.S. Babies Doesn't Get Hepatitis B Vaccine
Date:3/8/2010

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In addition, researchers noted documentation errors in the medical records regarding mothers' hepatitis B status, such as the mother's record noting she had hepatitis B but the same information was not included in the infant's record.

Each year, about 40 to 90 cases of perinatal hepatitis B are reported to the CDC, although the true number may be 10 to 20 times that, according to researchers.

"The greatest predictor of which children would get the hepatitis vaccine was the hospital having a policy for universal vaccination of infants," Willis said. "Our study shows that gaps still persist in perinatal hepatitis B prevention."

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The Hepatitis B Foundation has more on the vaccine.



SOURCES: Bayo Willis, M.P.H., epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Kenneth Bromberg, M.D., chairman, pediatrics, and director, Vaccine Research Center, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; March 8, 2010, Pediatrics, online


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