What is hepatitis B immune globulin?

Advertisement
Advertisement
Hepatitis B immune globulin, obtained from human blood that contains antibodies against hepatitis B virus, is used to prevent hepatitis B infection in people who have been exposed to contaminated blood, who have had contact with an infected person or who are receiving a liver transplant. Hepatitis B immune globulin also may be used for babies who are born to mothers with hepatitis B infection. Hepatitis B immune globulin is not a vaccine, which means it cannot be used for long-term protection against this virus. Hepatitis B immune globulin is administered by injection, and given by a healthcare professional at a hospital or clinic. Hepatitis B immune globulin is the name for the active ingredient contained in several different brand-name medications.

Continue Learning about Vaccine

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.