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A 38-year-old member asked:

why would one vaccinate a child whose mom has hep b (hepatitus b)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Prevention: Hep b is one of the most durable & dangerous hepatitis viruses & the cause of chronic unrecognized liver disease in infants. Administration of the hepatitis vaccine & globulin at birth has been shown to prevent the spread from a mother with active b, to the child at birth & later in life. Since this was started in hawaii > two decades ago, the rate of liver failure in the state has dropped.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of you transmitting the hepatitis b to your child?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Perinatally mostly: The virus can readily spread from mother to neonate if the mother is hbeag positive and no intervention (immunoglobulin and vaccine) is provided.
A member asked:

My english is not good but before you even try to explain my problem. My child test report hepatitis b result in following remarks - non-reactive?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
That's good: That means he/she doesn't have hepatitis.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the ways that children become infected with hepatitis b?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Mom-kid /exposures: The hepatitis b is a hardy germ that has been known to infect a person who was by stuck by a tainted needle left alone for a year. Babies can get if mom is infected during pregnancy or from blood product exposure at birth. Kids can get it when exposed to blood products from an infected person through a wound of any sort. Kids may show no symptoms during the process until they are near liver failur.

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Last updated Oct 10, 2012

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