20 April 2018

Submitted by: Knox PAO

Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends area residents receive the Hepatitis vaccine

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has issued a recommendation that residents of Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties receive the Hepatitis vaccine. 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, however approximately 30 percent of cases do not report any risk factors. Therefore, it was recommended that children and adults in counties with local transmission of the virus receive the hepatitis A vaccine.

Ireland Army Health Clinic's Allergy and Immunization Clinic, located on the 7th floor, will offer Hepatitis vaccines to all Tricare beneficiaries should they want one. If you have already received the vaccine you are allowed to get boosters if desired. Non-Tricare beneficiaries are encouraged to see their primary care provider for a vaccination. Its highly recommend that all "at risk" individuals get immunized.

For more information please contact the local Kentucky Health Department or the IRAHC Preventive Medicine Clinic at 502-624- 9355/9741 or visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/patienteduhav.htm.

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