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.
Becoming a Hepatitis B Birth Dose Provider
Hospitals can receive Hepatitis B vaccine at no cost to assist them in providing the birth dose to all newborns in their care regardless of insurance status.
To participate in this program, hospitals have to ensure proper storage and handling of the vaccine, submit appropriate paperwork, and use NESIIS
monitoring, reporting and ordering.
For more information about becoming a Hepatitis B Birth Dose Provider, please contact Karen Rutherford with the Nebraska Immunization Program at (402) 471-2361.
Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator: Karen Rutherford