Birth DoseThe NYC  Hep B Universal Birth Dose Initiative is a multi-phase project that aims to gather support for the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine in New York City. The project will encourage hospitals and birthing centers to adopt a universal hepatitis B birth dose policy, as well as guide qualifying facilities in applying and seeking recognition through the Immunization Action Coalition’s (IAC) hepatitis B birth dose Honor Roll. There are several main functions of this initiative:

  1. Encourage those who already qualify for the IAC Honor Roll to apply for official recognition. To see a sample, refer to the Qualifying Template letter. This letter was personalized and sent to all facilities who had a reported birth dose coverage rate (according to the Citywide Immunization Registry) that was greater than 90% for 2013. To see a protocol for this phase,click here: Honor Roll Protocol.
  2. Share individualized immunization survey results and birth dose “report card” with birthing facilities. Through these measures, delivery facilities will be able to see where they stand with birth dose coverage for peer institutions in NYC. Materials from this portion of the project will be available once they have been finalized.
  3. Assemble and distribute toolkits to promote universal  birthdose coverage and assist facilities not only in implementing birth dose policies, but also in explaining the importance of the birth dose to their patients. Materials from this portion of the project will be available once they have been finalized.

 

News & Updates:

  • The Greater New York Division of the American Liver Foundation has announced its support of the NYC Universal Birth Dose Initiative.
  • The Hepatitis B Birth Dose Information Center is now live! This page lists important hepatitis B birth dose resources for key groups: hospitals, all pregnant women, moms with hepatitis B, medical providers, and the general public.

 

Congratulations to the following NYC facilities that have been listed on IAC’s Honor Roll:

Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 99% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013.
Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Flushing, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 99% from 6/1/2013 to 6/30/2014.
Forest Hills Hospital, Forest Hills, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 91% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013.
Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 96% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013.
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 96% from 10/31/2012 to 10/31/2013.
Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 98% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013.
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 100% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013.
Metropolitan Hospital Center, Women and Children’s Services Health, New York, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 100% from 7/1/2013 to 6/30/2014.
New York Hospital Queens, Flushing, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 93% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013.
Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 99% from 12/1/2012 to 11/30/2013.
St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY
Reported a coverage rate of 99% from 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013. 

 

As this project continues, we will update this page with the materials and resources used. This project is managed by the NYC Department of Health Perinatal Hepatitis B Program and the Viral Hepatitis Surveillance, Prevention & Control Program. For more information, contact: Julie Lazaroff (jlazarof@health.nyc.gov).