Hepatitis B vaccination
Hepatitis B is a serious disease that infects and damages the liver. It is spread by contact with infected blood or body fluids. An infant who is infected is at high risk of becoming a carrier of the Hepatitis B virus. One quarter of babies who become carriers die of liver disease or liver cancer.
To prevent Hepatitis B infection, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a series of three vaccinations. Sometimes the baby is given the first shot in the hospital after birth, or the baby’s healthcare provider may give the first shot in his/her office or clinic during the baby’s early visit.
NOTE: According to California law, children must receive the hepatitis vaccine to enter school.