Giving the hepatitis B vaccine at birth is an effective way to prevent transmission of HBV from mother to child. The vaccine is safe and highly effective, and provides long-lasting protection against HBV infection.
Delaying the administration of the hepatitis B vaccine until later in infancy or childhood can leave infants vulnerable to HBV infection during the period of delayed vaccination.
The risk of developing chronic infection is highest for infants who are infected during the first year of life, so it is important to vaccinate infants as early as possible to provide maximum protection.
In summary, the CDC recommends that infants receive the hepatitis B vaccine shortly after birth to protect them from HBV infection. Delaying vaccination can leave infants vulnerable to infection and increase their risk of developing chronic infection.
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