Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

perinatal1The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program aims to stop the transmission of the Hepatitis B virus to newborn infants whose mothers are chronically infected. Our program aims to:

  • Prevent the spread of the Hepatitis B virus to newborns
  • Provide health education to pregnant women who are chronically infected with Hepatitis B and their families
  • Identify household contacts and provide referrals for Hepatitis B medical screening and evaluation
  • Maintain contact with mothers and physicians to ensure the Hepatitis B vaccine series is given and that post-vaccine serology(a laboratory test that determines if an individual is protected from the virus after receiving the vaccine) is completed in a timely manner to protect the infant and household contacts

Target Audience:

  • Pregnant women diagnosed positive for Hepatitis B
  • Babies born to moms who have tested positive for Hepatitis B
  • Household contacts and sexual partners of pregnant women who have tested positive for Hepatitis B.
  • Hospital staff where the baby is delivered.
  • Medical providers for serving chronically infected pregnant women and pediatric providers serving their babies.
  • Laboratories that perform the hepatitis B testing.

Eligibility

All pregnant women living in Alameda County who test positive for the Hepatitis B virus are eligible for our program. We communicate with physicians to find the families that need our help.

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