Preventing Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit
The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment exists to help prevent the spread of the hepatitis B virus to newborn children and to any household and/or sexual contacts of a HBsAg-positive pregnant woman. The unit can provide:
- hepatitis B screening to household and/or sexual contacts of a HBsAg-positive pregnant woman;
- clinical staff training on issues related to perinatal hepatitis B
- patient educational materials and services are provided in a variety of languages.
The unit also works with obstetric/gynecology, pediatric, family medicine, and hospital providers to ensure continuity of care and appropriate treatment of the newborn child.
We thank you for partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help prevent the spread of hepatitis B. If you have any questions about perinatal hepatitis B case management, please call 303-692-2780.
- MMWR: Comprehensive Immunization Strategy to Eliminate Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States
- Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit Training for Hospital Staff:
Title: Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Training
Format: The course is designed for use in any PC. It can be incorporated into staff training for Labor and Delivery Units or Nursery Units. It could also be used for new employee orientation.
Training time: About 20 minutes.
Cost: Free. To order copies of the CDs contact the Viral Hepatitis Program staff at 303-692-2780.
Description Hepatitis B is a bloodborne infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is highly infectious and easily spread from an infected mother to her newborn. For a newborn infant who becomes infected with the hepatitis B virus, there is a 90% chance that the infant will become a chronic carrier of the hepatitis B virus. Chronic carriers have a 25% lifetime chance of developing cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Hospital staff are on the front lines of preventing this serious infection. The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment developed a compact disc with a complete orientation to perinatal hepatitis B prevention. The CD will help your staff understand which hepatitis B tests indicate that a mother is infected with hepatitis B and how to protect newborns from hepatitis B infections. It provides the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.