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Perinatal Related

New Hampshire Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
Program name: New Hampshire Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
Population served: Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)- positive pregnant women, their infants, and household contacts
Eligibility: Those in population described above
Region served: New Hampshire
Funding: Funded by CDC grant awarded to the NH Immunization Program
Program started: 1991
Number of clients: About 30-40 women
Contact: Susan D. Bascom, RN BSN
NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (603) 271-8325
Fax: (603) 271-0545
Email: sbascom@dhhs.state.nh.us
Website: None

The primary objective of the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services’ (NHDHHS) Perinatal Hepatitis B Program is to prevent the transmission of hepatitis B virus from an HBsAg- positive pregnant woman to her infant.

The program goals are:

  • Promote HBsAg screening of all pregnant women;
  • Ensure that all laboratories, hospitals and prenatal care providers are aware of the need to report HBsAg-positive test results to the NHDHHS (per RSA-141 C);
  • Identify & track HBsAg-positive pregnant women, their infants & household/sexual contacts;
  • Ensure that all infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers receive hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immune globulin at birth, complete the 3-dose hepatitis B vaccine series and have post-vaccination blood testing done to show that they are protected;
  • Ensure that household/sex contacts of HBsAg-positive pregnant women are identified, have a blood test if their hepatitis B status is unknown, and receive hepatitis B vaccine, if needed;
  • Provide educational materials to HBsAg-positive pregnant women; and
  • Provide current recommendations & guidelines to prenatal & pediatric healthcare providers and hospital maternity nurse managers

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