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Perinatal Related
Programs for Asian Pacific Islanders

Perinatal and Asian Pacific Islander (API) Hepatitis B Program
Program name: Perinatal and Asian Pacific Islander (API) Hepatitis B Program
Population served: Clients who are at risk of transmitting hepatitis B virus perinatally and the API
Eligibility: Client must be eligible for vaccines for children program (VFC)
Region served: Washington State
Funding: VFC
Program started: 1990
Number of clients:  
Contact: Shana Johnny
111 Israel SE
Olympia, WA. 98504-7843
Phone: 360-236-3698
Fax: 360-236-3590
Email: shana.johnny@doh.wa.gov
Website: None

Prevention of Perinatal Hepatitis B

In 1990, Washington State established a program to prevent perinatal HBV infections. Department of Health staff collaborate with Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinators designed in each local health jurisdiction to assure case management services are provided. The key elements of perinatal HBV prevention include:

  1. HBsAg screening of all pregnant women,
  2. Identification and reporting of HBsAg-positive pregnant women and assurance that infants receive HBIG and hepatitis B vaccine dose 1 at birth, and the three dose series by 6-8 months, Postvaccination testing of infants to assess infectivity and immune status, and and identification, screening, and vaccination of household/sexual contacts is also done. Annual assessments are competed to assure that program objectives are reached. Approximately 60% of the expected births to HBsAg-positive women are identified per year. Additional efforts can be done to identify more women in order to assure follow-up services are provided to infants and household contacts.

To make certain that infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers receive prompt and appropriate preventive treatment, each pregnancy for an HBsAg-positive woman is a notifiable condition (Reporting requirement: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 246-101-101) The coordinator of the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) for each local health jurisdiction handles the reports and the reports are then sent to the state perinatal hepatitis B surveillance system .

Additionally, The Perinatal Hepatitis B Program and Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section collaborate to assure that information about each perinatal hepatitis B case is received by CDC’s Perinatal Program as well as by the surveillance epidemiologists in CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis.

DOH Communicable Disease Epidemiology-877-539-4344 or 206-418-5500 DOH Immunization Program CHILD Profile-360-236-3595.

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