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Gundersen honored for hepatitis B vaccine birth dose rate

La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - Gundersen Health System has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) for achieving one of the highest reported rates in Wisconsin for its work to protect newborns from the hepatitis B virus.

Gundersen said they immunized 94 percent of babies born from June 2012 to June 2013.

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection, said the IAC.

Gundersen is the newest entry into IAC's Birth Dose Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

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