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Give Birth to the End of Hep B


The American Liver Foundation, along with the National Task Force on Hepatitis B, endorses the Immunization Action Coalition’s national initiative, Give birth to the end of Hep B, a campaign to promote the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose for all newborns. The Immunization Action Coalition is a national organization that aims to increase immunization rates and to prevent disease.

The initiative urges hospitals and birthing centers around the country to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine to babies prior to discharge from the newborn nursery.

Why is hepatitis B a problem?

Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is one of the most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 800,000–1.4 million people in the United States are living with HBV and 240 million people are living with HBV globally.

Hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease. Despite the hepatitis B vaccine recommendation by experts, approximately 800 U.S. newborns are chronically infected each year due to mother-to-infant exposure. Vaccination is highly effective if every newborn receives it, but a CDC survey found that only about 70% of U.S. infants received a dose of hepatitis B vaccine within 3 days of birth. For more information on hepatitis B, click HERE.

Why is the universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine important?

It protects against mother-to-infant transmission and prevents 70%-95% of transmission to infants born to infected women

It prevents household transmission and protects infants from infected family members and other caregivers

It provides a safety net to prevent perinatal transmission when medical errors occur

The universal hepatitis B vaccine birth dose given prior to hospital discharge is endorsed by leading healthcare organizations:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Solutions

All hospitals and birthing centers should implement the recommended “universal birth dose policy” to ensure that every newborn receives the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth, or no later than hospital discharge. For hospitals and birthing centers that do not have specific guidelines, IAC’s comprehensive guidebook,Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns, is available to help them establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies. The guidebook is endorsed by the expert organizations listed above, including CDC.

“Does your hospital or birthing center meet the national standard for hepatitis B birth dose?”

How you can help

The Immunization Action Coalition is recognizing and honoring hospitals and birthing centers that achieve hepatitis B birth dose vaccine coverage rates of 90% or greater for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth and that have met specific additional criteria.

In order to help your hospital or birthing center to be recognized for excellence, follow these steps:


If your hospital or birthing center does not have specific written policies, procedures, and protocols and/or does not qualify:

  • Review IAC's comprehensive guide for implementing the hepatitis B birth dose, Hepatitis B: What Hospital Need to Do to Protect Newborn
  • Develop specific written policies, procedures, and protocols and implement them in your hospital
  • Re-evaluate whether your hospital or birthing center meets the criteria after the effective implementation (for 12 months or more) of the hepatitis B birth dose
  • Apply, if your hospital or birthing center qualifies for the Birth Dose Honor Roll

Why hospitals and birthing centers should apply
  • The name of your hospital or birthing center will be included in the online Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll and be nationally recognized!
  • Your achievement will be announced in the nation’s largest immunization e-news service, IAC Express, sent to approximately 50,000 healthcare professional subscribers
  • You will receive a beautiful 8.5” x 11” color award certificate suitable for framing, in recognition of your birthing unit's achievement.
  • You will be recognized by your peers in the immunization community
  • Opportunity for recognizing your hospital or birthing center's achievement in local media outlets using IAC's template for a press release.

Launch Video: Give birth to the end of Hep B (7/16/14)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6PLCKn-2XA

Accompanying slide set (revised July 2014)


For more information on the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, please visit the Immunization Action Coalition’s website:


· Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll

· List of Honorees

· Apply for Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll

· Questions: Contact IAC


Sources: Immunization Action Coalition, Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Page updated: October 7th, 2014

 

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