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Infection Prevention & Control: Hepatitis B and C

Hepatitis B

Long incubation period (6-months) §Asymptomatic (no symptoms) carrier state §Immunization preventable –All Employees with direct patient contact are eligible for the Hepatitis B immunization at no charge. Employee Health offers free vaccination. For questions regarding Hepatitis B, please contact Employee Health at 973-754-4123.

Hepatitis C

Similar to Hepatitis B in incubation


Common in Healthcare workers


No “good” treatment

Interferon or Ribavirin

Liver transplant

Post exposure prophylaxis not effective