Prevention of Mother-to-Child (Perinatal) Transmission of Hepatitis B

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B No testing for hepatitis B is indicated; begin a three dose series of hepatitis B vaccine.

This answer is incorrect. This approach would not be appropriate since it is recommended to check for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in all pregnant women, regardless of risk factors or immunization history. Limiting her management to hepatitis B vaccination will not prevent mother-to-child transmission of HBV if the mother is already infected with HBV.

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A No testing for hepatitis B is indicated since it is highly likely that she received hepatitis B vaccine as a child or as an adolescent.
C Check her serum for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).
D Check her serum for antibody to hepatitis B e antigen (anti-HBe).

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