|Hepatitis B virus is a viral infection of the liver. It is spread by exposure to infected blood and body fluids. Most people do not become acutely ill with the virus, and children under the age of 10 are usually without symptoms. The younger a person is when infected, the greater the chance of becoming a chronic carrier. About 90% of untreated infants exposed will become carriers, contrasted to 5-10% of adults. 25% of chronically infected people die prematurely of cirrhosis or liver cancer. |
The goal of this federally funded program is aimed at preventing disease and the carrier state in children who are exposed to this virus during the birth process. This is accomplished by the early identification of hepatitis B carrier mothers, the identification, screening and immunization of susceptible household contacts and the administration of HBIG, hepatitis B vaccine series, and screening to the newborn.
Any questions regarding this program can be directed to the Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator at: 402-471-6423.