Manager: Marie Krauss
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Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Birth Dose Initiative
The VPHBP Program is a collaborative effort with local health departments and private providers to identify hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive pregnant women, their household contacts, and sexual partners.* Once identified, free testing and vaccine, if needed, is provided to the contacts and partners of these women. Free Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG) and hepatitis B vaccine for newborns of infected mothers are provided to the delivery hospital and the infant's physician to prevent the spread of HBV from mother to newborn.
* Effective December 18, 2001, all HBsAg positive pregnant women are reportable by law to the local health department.
Congratulations to our Virginia hospitals:
Riverside Regional Medical Center-Newport News
Reported a coverage rate of 96% during 2013.
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital-Nassawadox
Reported a coverage rate of 93% during 04/2013-04/2014.
Learn more about the IAC Birth Dose Initiative,
See our link below.
- Tracking contacts and infants of HBsAg positive pregnant women to ensure that appropriate treatment is received, thereby eliminating the transmission of perinatal hepatitis B.
- Free prevaccination testing for sexual partners and household contacts of the HBsAg positive pregnant woman and free hepatitis B (HB) vaccine for all susceptible partners and contacts. Free post vaccine testing of sexual partners. The local health departments, upon referral from the VPHBP Program, provide these services.
- The infant's physician and delivery hospital are alerted about the HBsAg positive status of the mother.
- Hepatitis B Immune Globulin and HB vaccine are provided at no charge to delivery hospitals.
- Free HB vaccine for completion of the series is provided to the infant's physician.
- Free post vaccination testing for infants 3-9 months after completion of the HB vaccine series to ensure protection against HBV.
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