Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B Vaccination Schedule Charts – PDF

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B Vaccination Schedule

There are many kinds of hepatitis but the most common ones are as follows:

  • Hepatitis A is caused by HAV and is transmitted through personal contact with the infected person.
  • Hepatitis B is caused by HBV and is also called serum hepatitis.
  • Hepatitis C is caused by an RNA virus called as HCV and the other name for this is non-A non-B hepatitis.

The vaccine that prevents hepatitis A is called the HepA vaccine and vice versa. In this article, the vaccination schedule for HepA and HepB vaccines is given:

Hepatitis A Routine Vaccination

HepA vaccine to prevent hepatitis A is administered in a 2-dose series at a minimum interval of 6 months starting from the age of 12 months.

Hepatitis A Catch-up Vaccination

Unvaccinated persons 18 years and below should receive a complete 2-dose series administered at a minimum interval of 6 months. Individuals who previously received 1 dose at the age of 12 months or older should get the 2nd dose  6 (six) months after the 1st dose. Adolescents aged 18 years and above can receive a combined HepA and HepaB vaccine. It can be in 3 doses – 0, 1, and 6 months or 4 doses – 3 doses at 0, 7, 21-30, and the 4th dose at 12 months.

International travel 

Travelers to countries with high or intermediate endemic hepatitis A status should follow the following guidelines; infants aged 6-11 months should get 1 dose prior to departure, then revaccinate with 2 doses at an interval of 6 months and within 12-23 months. Unvaccinated persons aged 12 months and above should receive 1 dose immediately they decide to travel.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

HepB vaccine is administered to children as follows;

Birth dose (monovalent HepB vaccine only)

All medically stable infants of HBsAg-negative mothers and weigh 2 000 grams or more should receive 1 dose within 24 hours after birth. Infants who weigh less than 2000 grams should receive 1 dose at the chronological age of 1 month or at hospital discharge, whichever time period is earlier.

If the mother is HBsAg-positive, HepB and HBIG vaccine should be administered in separate limbs within 12 hours of birth, the infant’s weight notwithstanding.  Infants weighing less than 200 grams should receive 3 additional doses from the beginning of age 1 month such that they receive 4 doses in total. Children should then be tested for HBsAg and anti-HBs at the age of 9-12 months. If the administrating of HepB is delayed, these tests should be done 1-2 months after the final dose.

If the mother’s HBsAg status is unknown, the HepB vaccine should be given within 12 hours of birth, the infant’s weight notwithstanding. For infants weighing less than 2000 grams, HBIG should be administered in addition to HepB vaccine in separate limbs 12 hours of birth. 3 additional doses should be administered from the age of 1 month such that the child gets a total of 4 Hepb doses. Alternatively, the mother’s HBsAg status should be determined immediately. If she is positive, the HBIG vaccine should be administered to infants weighing 2000 grams or more immediately but not later than the age of 7 days.

Hepatitis B Routine series

HepB is administered as a 3-dose series given at (0,1-2, 6-18 months. The monovalent HpeB vaccine should be used for doses given before the age of 6 weeks. Children can receive 4 doses if a combination vaccine containing Hepb is administered after the birth dose. The minimum age for administering the last dose (either 3rd or 4th) is 24 weeks. Intervals should be as follows;

  • Dose 1-2 – 4 weeks
  • Dose 2-3 – 8 weeks
  • Dose 1-3 (or 4) – 16 weeks

Note: children who did not receive the birth HpeB vaccine dose should commence the series as soon as possible.

Hepatitis B Catch-up vaccination

Unvaccinated children should complete the 3 dose series from 0, 1-2 months up to 6 months. Adolescents aged 11-15 years and above can use a 2-dose series of adult formulation Recombivax HB administered with at least a 4 months interval between doses. Persons aged 18 years and above can use a 2-dose of (Heplisav-B®) with a 4 weeks interval. Alternatively, they can receive the combined HepA and HepB vaccine as a 3 dose series administered at 0, 1, 6 months or as a 4 dose series with 3 doses given at 0, 7, and 21-30 days before the 4th dose at 12 months. 

Special situations 

Revaccination of persons with normal immune statuses and who were vaccinated as infants, children, adolescents, or adults is generally not recommended. However, revaccination can be done for; infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers, hemodialysis patients, and any other immuno-compromised persons.

Free Schedule Charts

You can download these free templates in either PDF or Excel format. You can select different schedules records and discuss with your doctor the one that is most suitable for your child’s health needs. 

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    • Find information about the other vaccine schedules here.

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