The Women & Children’s Services at Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in California to receive the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll awarded through the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The honor roll program was launched July 16, 2013.
In order to achieve the Hepatitis B Birth dose Honor Roll, Regional Medical Center has maintained greater than 90% rate of babies receiving the hepatitis B vaccine prior to discharge. RMC has written policies and standing orders for babies born to Hepatitis B positive mothers, as well as those with unknown hepatitis B status, and those who are negative for the virus. Any woman with unknown hepatitis B status is tested when delivering a baby at RMC. All infants born at RMC routinely receive hepatitis B vaccine before discharge. The nursery department works closely with the Santa Clara Department of Public Health perinatal hepatitis B prevention program to ensure follow up of those infants at risk of contracting the disease.
In Santa Clara County, approximately 800 babies are born each year to Hepatitis B infected mothers. Without treatment, 90% of these infants would develop chronic infections. Early vaccination is 85-95% effective in preventing transmission of the disease.