All babies born from 1st August 2017 across the UK will have the hepatitis B vaccine added to the other routine NHS childhood vaccinations they are given in their early life.
The vaccination protects against viral infections that can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. It will be given to babies when they are eight, 12 and 16 weeks old, along with the current 5 in 1 vaccinations. Previously, the vaccine was available on the NHS as a separate vaccination and only administered to infants considered at risk of hepatitis B, such as those born to infected mothers.
To help promote the availability of the new vaccine, we have added a new video to our Envisage Media library which makes patients aware of the new vaccine and where they should go for more information. You can download the new video from the link below:
While hepatitis B rates in the UK are generally very low, in some inner city areas up to 1% of antenatal women can be infected. Promotion of the new vaccine will help to reduce infection rates amongst infants.