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New CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and Postexposure Management
New CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and Postexposure ManagementThe CDC recently released their recommendations for evaluating hepatitis B protection among health-care personnel (HCP) and administering post-exposure prophylaxis in the December 20, 2013 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The MMWR is an extension of the ACIP 2011 recommendations. As reported by the CDC, “The MMWR emphasizes the importance of administering hepatitis B vaccination for all health-care personnel and provides explicit guidance for evaluating hepatitis B protection among previously vaccinated health-care personnel (particularly those who were vaccinated in infancy or adolescence), and it clarifies recommendations for postexposure management of health-care personnel exposed to blood or body fluids. This new 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 Hepatitis B protection for vaccinated health-care personnel.” The complete MMWR report can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1bRHxbt.