The first hepatitis B vaccine was licensed in the United States in 1981.
It would be another five years before Recombivax HB, the current recombinant hepatitis B vaccine would be licensed though. It was soon followed by Engerix-B.
Today, all children get their first dose of one of these hepatitis B vaccines when they are born months old, completely a three dose series by the time they are six to 18 months old.
For more information:
- Ask the Experts about Hepatitis B Vaccines
- Hepatitis B Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
- Hepatitis B VIS
- Hepatitis B ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
- Pinkbook – Hepatitis B
- FDA – Engerix-B (package insert)
- FDA – Recombivax HB (package insert)
- FDA – Pediarix (package insert)
- FDA – Twinrix (package insert)
- A Look at Each Vaccine : Hepatitis B
- History of the Hepatitis B Vaccines
- State Laws: Hepatitis B Prevention Mandates for Daycare and K-12
- Family Stories – Hepatitis B