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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

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