Hepatitis B vaccination has been recommended by federal health officials since 1991 for all infants and children. There are now hepatitis B vaccine mandates for children to attend daycare or school in 47 states, despite strong evidence that the health risks of doing this outweighs the benefit for your child.

A newborn is immunized.CC Sharealike Matthew Hoelscher on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/tiswango/383856117/
Three hepatitis B shots are part of the standard government-recommended childhood vaccination schedule, with the first dose given at 12 hours of age in the newborn nursery of most hospitals.

But hepatitis B is a primarily blood-transmitted disease associated with risky lifestyle choices such as unprotected sex with multiple partners and intravenous drug use involving sharing needles—it is NOT primarily a “children’s disease.”

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