Can a pregnant woman give hepatitis to her baby?
Yes. A pregnant woman can spread the hepatitis virus to her baby at the time of birth. This can be prevented by treating hepatitis B during pregnancy and by administration of hepatitis B antibody to the baby immediately after delivery.
Many babies infected with hepatitis B develop long-term liver problems. All newborn babies should be given the vaccine for hepatitis at birth and during their first year of life.
How can I protect myself from hepatitis B?
- Get the hepatitis B vaccine.
- Use a condom during sex.
- Don't share needles to take drugs.
- Practice good personal hygiene.
- Don't use an infected person's personal items.
Who should get the vaccine?
- All newborn babies.
- People who are exposed to infected blood or body fluids of friends or family members.
- People who use needles to take recreational drugs.
- All people who have sex with more than one person.
- All healthcare providers.
- People working in day care centers and institutions caring for children and prisoners.