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Hepatitis B vaccine at birth

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Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause a serious infection - either acute (short-lived illness) or chronic (long term) infection of the liver. 

  • Before you are discharged from hospital you will be offered the first of four Hepatitis B vaccinations for your baby. It is strongly recommended that your baby have this vaccination. Hepatitis B vaccination is a very safe and effective way of protecting a baby against this serious infection.
  • The next vaccinations for hepatitis B and other infections are given at 6 weeks.

More information 

South Australian Department of Health, Immunisation Branch

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