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The grade 6 hepatitis B immunization program that BC introduced in 1992 was effective in eliminating hepatitis B infection among successive grade 6 cohorts. However, cases of acute hepatitis B continued to occur in the province, affecting children younger than grade 6 age.

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The DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib vaccine that you refer to twice in your question protects against hepatitis B.  The HB stands for hepatitis B. 

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In B.C., the Meningococcal B (Men-B) Vaccine is provided free to those 2 months to 55 years of age who have been in close contact with a case of meningococcal B disease.

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A prescription is not required for the Twinrix® vaccine. You can purchase the vaccine at most pharmacies and travel clinics

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Children in BC are routinely offered the pneumococcal conjugate, meningococcal C conjugate, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccines at 12 months of age.  It is recommended that these 4 vaccines are given on or after a child’s 1st birthday.

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