Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
The 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
- 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.
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.