Vaccinate at birth, protect for life
Points plot the big picture
The act of giving a vaccine in a health facility is one point of a very important network. Because of its impact on preventing disease and death, every dose of vaccine of any kind is significant. Data on each vaccination given is passed on through municipal centers, on to national and regional programs, and then finally put together for the global picture. For hepatitis B, it is also important to record when the vaccine was given, knowing that it is most effective within 24 hours of birth. PGH gives each mother a note that shows her baby has received the hepatitis B vaccine. This provides the information needed to add to the baby’s immunization card.