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  • Hepatitis B virus can cause serious illness or death and lead to liver disease and cancer.
  • Babies can contract hepatitis B from their infected mother during birth.
  • Immunisation is about 95% effective and is recommended for all infants and young children, adolescents and those in high-risk groups.
  • The National Immunisation Program provides free vaccinations against hepatitis B for babies from birth.
  • In Victoria other groups at high risk can also receive free vaccination against hepatitis B.
  • Common vaccination side effects are usually mild and temporary, and do not require specific treatment.

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Reviewed on: 02-05-2023