birth dose


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birth dose

Any dose, e.g., of a vaccine, administered to a neonate. The term is commonly used to describe a neonatal injection of hepatitis B vaccine.
See also: dose
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Levin said that regardless of how long it ultimately turns out that protection against hepatitis B persists after childhood vaccination, it's absolutely necessary that physicians do a better job of making sure neonates get a birth dose of vaccine while they're still in the hospital.
Delaying the vaccination until after hospital discharge should be rare and if the vaccination is not provided before discharge both a physician's order to withhold the birth dose and a copy of the laboratory report indicating that the mother was HBsAg negative should be documented in the infant's medical record.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all infants receive the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine in the newborn nursery.