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Alaska Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

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Alaska has recently implemented a Perinatal Hepatitis B case management program designed to identify, track, educate, and continue to further prevent HBV infection. The primary objectives of the perinatal program are:

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  • All pregnant women are tested for Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the CDC.
  • Medical providers and delivery facilities are informed of the mothers HBsAg status.
  • HBsAg-positive women are contacted before delivery and educated about HBV infection.
  • Infants born to HBsAg-positive women receive Hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) and Hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth; complete the Hepatitis B series at recommended intervals.
  • Infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers receive post-vaccination testing in a timely manner to ensure protection against HBV infection.
  • A tracking system is used to ensure the infant receives appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis.
  • Household and sexual contacts of HBsAg-positive women receive pre-vaccination testing, HBIG (if necessary) and Hepatitis B vaccine at recommended intervals.

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