UK adds hepatitis B to infant vaccination schedule

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 10 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3357
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Hepatitis B vaccine is being introduced for newborns from the autumn in the UK, making it one of the last countries in Europe to introduce a universal hepatitis B vaccination programme for infants.1

All babies born on or after 1 August 2017 will be eligible for Infanrix hexa, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, and disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). This hexavalent vaccine will replace the pentavalent infant vaccines Infanrix-IPV+Hib and Pediacel used …

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