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Universal Birth Dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine

Adapted from the Michigan Immunization Update's Fall 2001-Winter 2002 newsletter (Vol 8, No. 3.)

It is recommended that the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) be given to all newborns before they leave the hospital. These immunizations are important since nearly 19,000 women with chronic hepatitis B infection give birth in the U.S. each year. Receiving HBV within 12 hours of birth can prevent 90% of perinatal infections. Tragically, many babies are exposed to hepatitis B at birth but do not receive the vaccination.

The universal birth dose policy is necessary to protect the baby for many of the following possible reasons:

  • A pregnant woman's hepatitis B status is unknown
  • An infected woman may be improperly tested
  • A pregnant woman is not tested
  • A high-risk woman is not tested again at childbirth
  • The infant may be exposed to hepatitis B from another family member

By vaccinating every baby in the hospital prior to discharge, regardless of the mother's status, a "safety net" is provided that saves lives. We would like to recognize hospitals that have reinstated or implemented a policy routinely providing vaccination prior to discharge.

Affiliated Hospitals**

Bi-County Community Hospital- Warren
Botsford General Hospital - Farmington Hills
Crittenton Hospital - Rochester
Garden City Osteopathic Hospital - Garden City
Genesys Regional Medical Center - Grand Blanc
Henry Ford Hospital - Detroit
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital - Wyandotte
Hurley Medical Center - Flint
Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital - Commerce
Hutzel Hospital - Detroit
Lapeer Regional Hospital - Lapeer
McLaren Regional Medical Center - Flint
McPherson Hospital - Howell
Mercy Memorial Hospital - Monroe
Mt. Clemens General Hospital - Mt. Clemens
North Oakland Medical Center - Pontiac
Oakwood Annapolis Hospital - Wayne
Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center - Dearborn
Oakwood Seaway Hospital- Trenton
Port Huron Hospital - Port Huron
Riverside Osteopathic Hospital - Trenton
Sinai-Grace Hospital - Detroit
St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital - Detroit
St. John Macomb Hospital - Warren
St. John River District Hospital - East China
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Oakland - Pontiac
St. Joseph's Mercy of Macomb - Clinton Township
St. Joseph's Mercy of Macomb - Mt. Clemens
St. Mary Hospital - Livonia
William Beaumont Hospital - Troy

*All listed hospitals may not be available for all HAP product lines.

**List generated from an update of the Fall 2001-Winter 2002 issue of the Michigan Immunization Update published by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

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