The best way to protect your child from hepatitis B is get them immunized for HBV. It is recommended that infants receive the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Children and young adults should get vaccinated if they weren't immunized at birth. Although vaccination protects your children from hepatitis B, they can still become infected with hepatitis A. To help prevent hepatitis A, which is common among children, discourage your child from sharing eating utensils and drinking ware. Remind them to wash their hands after using the bathroom, and before handling food. A vaccine for hepatitis A is also available.
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Hepatitis B is transmitted through infected blood or body fluids. According to the 2009 Red Book, since 1990, the incidence of acute hepatitis B has declined in all age categories, with the largest decline being in children younger than 15 years of age. Thanks to a comprehensive immunization strategy in the United States this decline has been possible. Universal immunization of infants beginning at birth and following the pertussis schedule is the first line of defense. Second, routine immunization of children and adolescents who previously who have not been immunized has also been implemented.