The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program (PHBPP) works to ensure all children, especially those exposed at birth, are protected against hepatitis B virus. The Oregon Health Authority PHBPP supports local health authorities with perinatal hepatitis B prevention activities in their respective jurisdictions by providing resources and technical assistance, in addition to conducting surveillance for perinatal hepatitis B cases.
The goal of the PHBPP to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B by ensuring:
- All women receive prenatal testing for hepatitis B infection, with every pregnancy, and all cases are reported to local public health authorities
- Infants born to mothers with hepatitis B receive the appropriate treatment
- Post vaccination testing of exposed infants
- Screening and vaccination of close contacts
- All medically stable infants receive the first dose of hepatitis B immunization within 24 hours of birth
The following Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) support the testing of women during every pregnancy for hepatitis B.
- ORS 433.017 - Test of blood of pregnant woman required.
- OAR 333-019-0036 - Said blood sample be submitted for testing of reportable infectious diseases (including hepatitis B).