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Labor and Delivery

Consent for Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B is a dangerous virus that attacks the liver. Hepatitis B can cause liver disease, cancer and death.

Your baby can get hepatitis B by contact with blood and body fluids at the time of birth, through contact with breaks in the skin, or by contact with objects that could have blood or body fluids on them.

The State of Texas recommends all babies receive the hepatitis B vaccine to protect him or her now and in the future. The vaccine is safe for your baby and can protect your baby for life. And, the vaccination is required for school entry in Texas.

The CDC recommends that the first dose of the vaccine be give to your baby before leaving the hospital. The vaccine as given as 3 or 4 shots, depending on the brand of vaccine used. The last shot is given between 6 months and 18 months of age. Ask your doctor for more information.

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