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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Breastfeeding by mothers infected with hepatitis B carries no increased risk of transmission to infants who receive proper immunoprophylaxis: a meta-analysis
  1. Tram T Tran
  1. Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Tram T Tran
    Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 8635 W. 3rd Street, Suite 590W, Los Angeles, CA 90048. USA; tram.tran{at}cshs.org

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Hepatitis B (HBV) remains a global health concern with 350 million people chronically infected, and transmission still occurs despite the widely available and efficacious vaccine. Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) is an ongoing problem in many countries, and in countries with high prevalence of HBV (>8%), only 44% have birth dose vaccine implemented into the infant vaccine schedule.1 Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) and HBV vaccine given at the time of birth with two additional doses of the vaccine in the first 6 months of life to …

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