Indiana and Kentucky are both experiencing an outbreak of Hepatitis A.
Due to the problem, the Vanderburgh County Health Department offered to educate jail inmates on the spread of the disease and offered the inmates vaccines.
Three hundred Vanderburgh County Jail inmates opted to be vaccinated on Friday.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says vaccination is very important.
“Well, in a jail, you have people living in a very close environment, said Wedding” sometimes the hygiene may not be the best and if somebody was to be in contact with it, the risk of spreading it is pretty high.”
The vaccine was provided through a grant from the State Health Department.
Wedding says they are evaluating whether they will try to offer the vaccination on some type of schedule throughout the year.
(This story was originally published July 19, 2018)