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April 16, 2018

State recommends Hepatitis A vaccination for children, adults in counties hit by outbreak

311 cases, one death statewide 

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Due to an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A, the state's Department for Public Health is recommending vaccination for everyone residing in Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.

To date, 214 cases have been reported in the Jefferson County/Louisville area. Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties have each reported 5 or more cases for a total 311 cases associated with the outbreak. One death has been reported, according to a state news release.

“Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable illness. DPH recommends all children, ages 1 year through 18, receive the Hepatitis A vaccine as well as adults who want to protect themselves from an acute hepatitis A infection,” Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting DPH commissione, said in the news release.. “In these counties with local transmission of the hepatitis A virus, we recommend everyone be vaccinated per guidelines to help stop this outbreak.”

For adults, the hepatitis A vaccine is typically given in two doses — an initial vaccination followed by another shot six months later. DPH recommends that all people in outbreak counties consult with their primary care doctor or insurance carrier regarding an in-network provider for administration of the hepatitis A vaccine. The Center for Disease and Control recommends vaccination for people who wish to be protected against hepatitis A infection. For insured people, the hepatitis A vaccine should not require any out-of-pocket costs as long as policies are compliant with the federal Affordable Care Act.

Since 2006, the CDC has recommended children receive the hepatitis A vaccine series. Effective July 1, 2018, all Kentucky students in kindergarten through 12th grade must receive two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school or receive a provisional certificate of immunization (unless their parents claim an exemption). 

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Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and fever. The virus is found in the stool of people infected with Hepatitis A and typically spread from person to person contact. The disease often is transmitted when people do not wash their hands properly or do not have access to proper sanitation. DPH recommends individuals wash their hands often and particularly after using the restroom or before consuming food. Hand sanitizer should be used only when soap and water is unavailable.

While the current hepatitis A outbreak is occurring primarily within specific at-risk populations, including people who use illicit drugs (both injection and non-injection) and the homeless, through person-to-person transmission. Approximately, 30 percent of cases do not report any risk factors. Therefore, it is recommended that children and adults in counties with local transmission of the virus as part of this outbreak receive the hepatitis A vaccine.

Hepatitis A vaccine is widely available at local pharmacies and health care providers. For additional information on the hepatitis A vaccination, visit https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm#E1.

Comments  

+1 #4 UrDumb 2018-04-18 13:42
To get real, the people with PhD’s say you’re wrong, the statistics say you’re wrong, the research says you’re wrong. So how exactly are you RIGHT??? Do you have a degree??? Are you an all knowing and no ones right but me kinda of person??? Are you addicted to anything??? Or are you perfect in every way??? I suspect you’re not perfect, and you definitely don’t have a PhD or any kind of experience, so why ACT like you know it all??? You need to get real and do some reading if you can. Why do the EXPERTS say we need needle exchange programs???
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0 #3 I’m right 2018-04-18 13:34
Quoting Get real:
Quoting Needle exchange:
How would you no voters vote now?



All these Counties have the needle exchange program! Thought it was suppose to eliminate the hepatitis problem. Looks like all those free needles have only added to the problem!!! You did notice that Lawrence Co was NOT included in this Health announcement right? Thankful for the NO vote!!! More needles = More problems

Tell that to the experts who do this for a living. The science and statistics say and prove you’re WRONG. You’re not arguing with me, you’re literally arguing against statistics and science from the medical community.
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+2 #2 Get real 2018-04-18 03:46
Quoting Needle exchange:
How would you no voters vote now?

All these Couties have the needle exchange program! Thought it was suppose to eliminate the hepatitis program. Looks like all those free needles have only added to the problem!!! You did notice that Lawrence Co was NOT included in this Health announcement right? Thankful for the NO vote!!! More needles = More problems
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-2 #1 Needle exchange 2018-04-16 21:16
How would you no voters vote now?
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