An immune globulin shot which allows patients have short-term protection from hepatitis B. It is commonly used when individuals travel to foreign countries when a vaccination program cannot be completely prior to travel.
A medication that is given as a â€œpost-exposureâ€ treatment to prevent hepatitis B. This means that HBIG is given after a person has been exposed to potentially infected blood or infected bodily fluids, which can include but is not limited to - contact with blood or through a needlestick, infants born to infected women, and through sexual contact or close household contact with an infected person. HBIG is often used as a post-liver transplant treatment.