New Moms with Hepatitis B

New Moms with Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B Facts

  • Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can lead to liver failure and cancer.
  • It is easily spread to infants during delivery.
  • If infected, your baby has a 90% chance of having a lifelong infection.
  • There is no cure, but hepatitis B is preventable by a safe and effective vaccine.

Additional Steps to Protect Your Baby

Babies born to mothers with hepatitis B need two extra steps to ensure protection from infection. Aside from timely vaccination with the 3 dose hepatitis B vaccination series, each child needs

  • HBIG- at birth
    • Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) is a medicine that helps your baby's body fight off the hepatitis B virus immediately. Inform your doctor that your baby needs HBIG at birth.
  • PVST at 9 months
    • Post-vaccine serological testing (PVST) makes sure your child is not infected with hepatitis B and is protected from getting the virus.

Patient Information for Kansas Moms with Hepatitis B

Kansas Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) and your local health department provide support by answering any questions you may have and offer low or no-cost vaccinations and free post-vaccine serological testing.

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