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Passing hepatitis B from mother to child halted with vaccine
San Francisco Chronicle

The passing of the hepatitis B virus, a primary cause of liver cancer, from mother to child can be virtually eliminated by immunizing high-risk newborns within hours of birth and following up with vaccinations over the baby’s first six months of life, according to a large Northern California Kaiser study published Monday.

The study is considered the first, large-scale research into how effective the decades-old recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in preventing infected mothers from spreading the liver disease to their babies.