Infants, children and adolescents who have not received hepatitis B–containing vaccines at the recommended schedule points may need extra doses of vaccine and/or an alternative schedule.

Infants and children <10 years of age

Catch-up of the birth dose is not necessary. If an infant has not received a birth dose before they are 7 days of age, they should receive a 3-dose course of a hepatitis B–containing vaccine.

Adolescents

Adolescents should receive a 3-dose course of a hepatitis B–containing vaccine.

Adolescents aged 11–15 years can receive an alternative 2-dose schedule of hepatitis B vaccine using the adult formulation of either of the available monovalent vaccines.

See Catch-up vaccination for more details, including minimum intervals between doses.

Page history

Last updated: 
4 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
4 June 2018