Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In their article on the impact
of recommendations regarding the birth dose of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine,
Dr Daum and colleagues1 concluded that "special
efforts may be required to make at-birth administration of HBV vaccination
universal." However, since HBV vaccination of newborns has never been shown
to be better than vaccination after the maturation of the immune system, this
worry about missing the birth dose seems misplaced.
Cantekin EI, Belkin M. Hepatitis B Vaccination for Newborns. JAMA. 2001;286(5):535–536. doi:10.1001/jama.286.5.535
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