AAP Recommends Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccine by 24 Hours of Age

American academy of pediatrics

COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES; COMMITTEE ON FETUS AND NEWBORN. Pediatrics. September 2017 

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say medically stable newborns weighing 2000 g or more should receive their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine within the first 24 hours of life.

The AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and Committee on Fetus and Newborn published the policy statement online August 28 in Pediatrics. It endorses October 2016 recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The 2016 recommendation updated previous recommendations from 2005, which allowed clinicians to wait until the first well-baby visit to administer the first dose.