The Hepatitis Birth Dose Guide developed by the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals has been published.
The guide includes:
an overview of WHO recommendations, best practices, technical justification and strategic approaches relating to providing hepatitis B birth dose to newborns;
operational requirements for introducing a vaccination that should be delivered as soon after birth as possible, preferably within 24 hours (and explicitly mentions false contraindications);
information for policy discussions and operational strategies for the introduction of hepatitis B birth dose vaccination into a national immunization programme.