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MMWR: CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management

This serial contains CDC guidance that augments the 2011 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for evaluating hepatitis B protection among health-care personnel (HCP) and administering post-exposure prophylaxis. Although the rate of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections have declined approximately 89% during 1990–2011, from 8.5 to 0.9 cases per 100,000 population in the United States, the risk for occupationally acquired HBV among HCP persists, largely from exposures to patients with chronic HBV infection. This guidance can assist clinicians, occupational health and student health providers, infection-control specialists, hospital and health-care training program administrators, and others in selection of an approach for assessing HBV protection for vaccinated HCP. It emphasizes the importance of administering HepB vaccination for all HCP, provides explicit guidance for evaluating hepatitis B protection among previously vaccinated HCP (particularly those who were vaccinated in infancy or adolescence), and clarifies recommendations for postexposure management of HCP exposed to blood or body fluids.
Health Planners
Schillie, S.; Murphy, T.V.; Sawyer, M.; Ly, K.; Hughes, E.; Jiles, R.; de Perio, M.A.; Reilly, M.; Byrd, K.; Ward, J.W.
Focus Area:
Viral Hepatitis
Workplace Issues
Health Care Workers
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Publication Date:
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
24 p.: col, graphs, refs., tables.
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