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Wednesday May 27th, 2015 5:50AM

NGMC recognized for protecting newborns from Hepatitis B

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

NGMC is one of only six hospitals in Georgia to be named to the IAC's Birth Dose Honor Roll.

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. The Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes birthing centers and hospitals like NGMC that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

"Receiving this recognition is a true illustration of the hard work and dedication of our physicians and staff to ensure the highest level of care for our newborns," says Sara Dyer, director of Women and Children's Services at NGMC.

"Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection," said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. "Northeast Georgia Medical Center's commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus."
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