Hepatitis Immunoglobulin (HBIG)
An injection of HBIG may help prevent HBV infection if it is given within 14 days of exposure to the virus when you:
- Have not been immunized against HBV but have come in contact with the blood or body fluids (Reference semen Opens New Window or vaginal fluids, including menstrual blood) of someone who has hepatitis B.
- Are being immunized against HBV but have not yet received all three shots in the vaccination series and are exposed to the virus. In most cases, HBIG will prevent infection until the vaccine takes effect.
A dose of HBIG also may be given to babies born to women who have hepatitis B.
HBIG is safe for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
HBIG is prepared from blood products obtained from human donors. Reference Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Opens New Window, the virus that causes Reference AIDS Opens New Window, has never been transmitted by HBIG.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology