Tarrant County Public Health's Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program provides case management for infants born to mothers who test Hepatitis B positive during prenatal care or at the time of delivery.
Hepatitis B is a serious viral infection of the liver that can be passed from mother to infant at the time of birth. When infants become infected with the virus, they are usually infected for life. Case management services will help ensure the infant receives appropriate prevention medications at birth, completion of all Hepatitis B vaccinations and completion of special lab tests to determine the success or failure of the treatment.
For eligible clients the program offers testing, vaccinations and extensive education to prevent the infection in all household members. Prenatal providers are also encouraged to contact the local health department if they diagnose Hepatitis B in a pregnant patient.
For more information regarding these services, call 817-321-4882.
How do I know if I have Hepatitis B?
The only way to know is through blood tests. Pregnant mothers should have blood tests done during pregnancy and at delivery by your health care provider.
Who should be tested for Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B testing is recommended for:
Why is Hepatitis B so serious in pregnant women?
Hepatitis B-infected mother can transmit the disease to their babies at the time of birth. Without proper vaccinations, many of them develop life-long Hepatitis B infections.
If I have Hepatitis B, what can I do to protect my baby?
|Time||Infant born to mother with Hepatitis B should receive:|
|At birth ||Birth dose of Hepatitis B and HBIG
|One month||2nd dose of Hepatitis B vaccine |
|Six months||3rd dose of Hepatitis B vaccine|
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