Q. Why did the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases advise that all infants should be immunized with hepatitis B vaccine when the incidence of disease due to this infection in children is very low, especially among patients in my practice?

A. Although the rate of disease due to hepatitis B virus infections in most pediatric practices appears to be very low, between 3.3 percent and 25 percent of the population acquires hepatitis B infections by the time they are 25 to 34 years of age.

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