July 21, 2021
Healthcare Clinic Visits Are an Opportunity for Vaccination
August 13, 2019
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting assistance from PAs in responding to outbreaks of hepatitis A nationwide. The outbreaks are occurring primarily among people who use drugs, people experiencing homelessness, men who have sex with men (MSM), and contacts of people infected with hepatitis A virus. Visits to a healthcare clinic represent an ideal opportunity to provide hepatitis A vaccination to people at highest risk of infection.
Since August 2016, CDC has received reports of more than 23,638 hepatitis A cases, 14,079 hospitalizations, and 233 deaths associated with person-to-person transmission as of August 5, 2019. While hepatitis A infection is typically self-limited, morbidity and mortality in the current outbreaks are elevated compared to what is normally reported.
CDC is requesting your assistance to help control these hepatitis A outbreaks by vaccinating populations at risk:
One dose of single-antigen hepatitis A vaccine has been shown to control outbreaks of hepatitis A and provides up to 95% seroprotection in healthy individuals for up to 11 years.
CDC is also requesting that PAs do the following: