Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual

Hepatitis B Immune Globulin

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Alternate Name(s): 
BayHep B
Passive Immunization
Original Date: 
June 1996
Revised Date: 
August 2005
  • Prevention of Hepatitis B infection in newborns of mother with proven or suspected hepatitis B
  • IM: anterolateral thigh muscle
  • Administer at a different site than the Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Infants of HbsAg+ve mothers: 0.5 mL within 12 hours of birth


  • If maternal HBV status is unknown:
    • Maternal testing should be done urgently at time of delivery


    • > 2 kg: mother's status should be determined as quickly as possible and if positive, HBIG should be given as soon as possible but within 7 days of birth


    • < 2kg: If mother's status cannot be determined within 12 hours, give HBIG within 12 hours of birth
Side Effects: 
  • Pain at site of injection
Parameters to Monitor: 
Reconstitution and Stability: 




  • These recommendations are based on the lastest US recommendations (Redbook). Older Canadian recommendations should be updated shortly

Pickering LK, ed. 2003 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 26th ed. Elk Grove Village: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2003.

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