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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1993 Nov-Dec;22(6):491-7.

Preventing neonatal hepatitis B infection during the perinatal period.

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University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City 66160-7502.


In the United States, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a growing problem with serious long-term consequences. Because previous vaccination programs have been ineffective in lowering the incidence of HBV, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control now recommend a comprehensive plan to reduce transmission of the virus. This article explores the epidemiology of HBV infection, the use of hepatitis B immune globulin and hepatitis B vaccines, and current recommendations for eliminating transmission of HBV during the perinatal period.

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