Perinatal Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be passed from an infected woman to her child during birth. Without proper treatment and follow up, approximately 40 percent of infants born to HBV-positive women will develop chronic HBV infection. Perinatal transmission of HBV can be prevented.

The Minnesota Department of Health's Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program works to identify HBV-positive women and ensure timely and appropriate treatment is provided to their infants.

  • Perinatal Hepatitis B Basics
    General information about perinatal hepatitis B, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment.
  • Reporting Perinatal Hepatitis B
    In order to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B, all HBsAg-positive pregnant women and all infants born to HBsAg-positive women should be reported to MDH.