Perinatal Hepatitis B Program
PERINATAL HEPATITIS B PROGRAM
WHAT IS" HEPATITIS B "?
- It is a virus which causes the most common serious infection of the liver
- It damages the liver and prevents it from protecting the body from infection, bleeding, etc.
- It can lead to premature death from liver cancer or liver failure
- It is dangerous because often there may be no symptoms until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage
WHAT IS "PERINATAL HEPATITIS B"?
- It is the Hepatitis B infection which newborns contract during the birth process from their infected moms
- The younger a person is when infected, the greater the chance of becoming a chronic carrier
- About 90% of newborns who are exposed will become chronic carriers without intervention
WHAT IS THE PERINATAL HEPATITIS B PROGRAM?
- A federally funded program
- Administered by the State and Douglas County through Public Health Nurse Case Managers
- Dedicated to preventing Hepatitis B and its' carrier state to babies who are exposed through the birthing process
- Utilizes early identification of Hepatitis B carrier moms who are pregnant
- Identifies, screens and immunizes susceptible household contacts
- Screens newborns for infection shortly after delivery
- Administers HBIG and the Hepatitis B immunization series to susceptible newborns
- Provides education to clients, providers and our community
The Hepatitis B immunization series is free
through the Douglas County Health Department Clinic
for those with no resources
- *PLEASE CALL 402-444-6163 FOR INFORMATION ON HEPATITIS B IMMUNIZATION SERVICES
- The program educates health care people and the general public about Hepatitis B. The more people who know about the vaccine, the less people likely to get the disease