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Arizona Immunization Program

Perinatal Hepatitis B Program

Perinatal exposure to Hepatitis B virus infected mothers is a continuing problem with long term adverse effects for infants. The primary objectives of the perinatal program are:

  • Test all pregnant women for the hepatitis B virus.
  • Identify pregnant women who are infected with hepatitis B.
  • Ensure the newborn receives appropriate vaccine and gamma globulin within 12 hours.

The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program collaborates with laboratories, hospitals and local health departments to ensure all positive lab reports are reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Positive expectant mothers are identified, offered services and tracked by the Perinatal Hepatitis B Program to ensure that exposed infants are appropriately treated with Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG) and hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth and complete the hepatitis B series in the appropriate time frame.

The Arizona Immunization Program Office receives federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist in implementing the program in Arizona. The state Perinatal Hepatitis B Program staff work with the local county health departments and private physicians to implement the program. The program goals are:

  • Promote and support the testing of all pregnant women for the hepatitis B virus as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the CDC.
  • Require doctors and laboratories to report all positive hepatitis B results to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Identify and track positive mothers, their exposed infants, and household and sexual contacts.
  • Provide education and educational materials to health care workers and the community.

Identifying infected mothers and protecting their infants from hepatitis B infection are integral components of the program. The cooperation of the medical community is essential to the success of the intervention process. Additional information can be obtained by contacting:

Perinatal Hepatitis B Program
Arizona Immunization Program Office
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 364-3630

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