This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting hepatitis B, a viral infection of the liver.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection of the liver that can cause:
The hepatitis B vaccine helps protect your child from an infection with the hepatitis B virus. It will not protect your child from other liver infections (other types of hepatitis).
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine within twenty-four hours of birth, before they leave the hospital. The second dose should be given between one and two months of age. The third shot should be given between six and eighteen months of age.
Contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the hepatitis B vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the hepatitis B vaccine.
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