Vaccinate at birth, protect for life
Reaching out to rein infection rates in
Countries in the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Region have the highest rates of hepatitis B infection in the world. Because of this, they have joined together and committed to reducing hepatitis B infection rates in babies and children to less than 2% by 2012. But the vaccination coverage in the Philippines and several other countries in this region is not high enough to meet this goal. One reason is the high numbers of babies born without skilled help or access to vaccine. In the Philippines, only 42% of babies are born in health facilities. Efforts are being made to increase this number. As a frontline in stemming the spread on infection health facilities must develop strong vaccination policies and practices to protect every baby they can from hepatitis B.