Hepatitis B

All individuals presenting for PEP are assessed for the possibility of hepatitis B exposure. Individuals with evidence of previous immunity to hepatitis B (HBsAb positive) will require no further follow-up. Non-immune individuals require immunisation and follow-up (to 6 months). If the individual is non-immune and the source is known to have chronic hepatitis B (HBsAg positive) then a single dose of HBIG should be administered within 72 hours of the exposure and hepatitis B immunisation commenced. For further advice go to www.HepatitisB.org.au