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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 3, 1999

Update: Recommendations to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission—United States

JAMA. 1999;281(9):790. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.790-JWR0303-3-1

MMWR. 1999;48:33-34

In October 1997, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded its hepatitis B vaccination recommendations to include all unvaccinated children aged 0-18 years and made hepatitis B vaccine available through the Vaccines for Children program (VFC) for persons aged 0-18 years who are eligible for VFC. ACIP priorities for hepatitis B vaccination of children remain unchanged and include all infants; children in populations at high risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (e.g., Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, and children who reside in households of first-generation immigrants from countries where HBV infection is moderately or highly endemic); previously unvaccinated children aged 11-12 years; and older adolescents and adults in defined risk groups.

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