Kentucky health department administers Hepatitis A vaccines at jails


Courtesy: MGN

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – The Kentucky Department of Public Health deployed a strike team of nurses to administer Hepatitis A vaccines at jails.

Since April, the team has provided more than 2,100 vaccines at 40 different locations in Kentucky – including county jails, probation and parole offices, homeless shelters, treatment centers, and pharmacies.

Kentucky is collaborating with local harm reduction program to reach those most at risk.

In November 2017, Kentucky health officials identified an outbreak of acute Hepatitis A.

Since then, the total number of cases has exceeded 4,700, with 58 deaths linked to Hepatitis A in Kentucky.

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This story was originally published on July 12, 2019

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