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Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

The California Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program is managed by the California Department of Public Health. The program was established to provide resources and technical support to local health departments for perinatal hepatitis B prevention and to provide surveillance for perinatal hepatitis B cases.

The goal of the program is to prevent the perinatal transmission of hepatitis B by promoting the following:

  • Prenatal testing of all pregnant women for hepatitis B infection and reporting cases to local health departments
  • Appropriate immunoprophylaxis of infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive women
  • Post-vaccination serologic testing of exposed infants
  • Screening and vaccination of close contacts

These measures are backed by California State Law which requires prenatal screening for hepatitis B surface antigen and reporting of hepatitis B infection by health care providers and laboratories to local health departments.

State funding of local programs supports these activities:

  • Case management of pregnant infected women and their infants
  • Education of medical providers, birth hospitals, and hepatitis B infected pregnant women and their close contacts
  • Coordination with birth hospitals to promote implementation of national perinatal hepatitis B prevention recommendations

CDPH PHPP Contact Information

William Luong

Data Coordinator

(510) 620-3788

William.Luong@cdph.ca.gov

 

Jennifer Zipprich

Epidemiologist

(510) 620-3848

Jennifer.Zipprich@cdph.ca.gov

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