Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in a pregnant woman poses a serious risk to her infant at birth. Without postexposure immunoprophylaxis, approximately 40% of infants born to HBV-infected mothers in the United States will develop chronic HBV infection, approximately one-fourth of whom will eventually die from chronic liver disease. (1)
Nearly all newborns who become infected with the hepatitis B virus develop lifelong hepatitis B. This can eventually lead to serious health problems, including liver damage, liver cancer, and even death. Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all babies to protect them from this serious but preventable disease. (2)
The Clinton County Health Department is committed to keeping mothers and babies safe during pregnancy and beyond. We offer case management services to mothers/babies identified as positive for Hepatitis B. We work with birthing hospitals, OB-GYN professionals, and pediatricians to provide the most up to date recommendations for treatment. We have a great collaboration with providers in the area to help keep you and your baby safe.
1) Perinatal Transmission. (2019, October 2). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/perinatalxmtn.htm
2)Hepatitis B Questions and Answers for the Public. (2020, July 28). Retrieved September 09, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/bfaq.htm