USA – Nashville Hepatitis A outbreak grows, Focus on offering vaccine to at-risk populations

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In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Nashville, TN, Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) officials confirmed 34 cases of hepatitis A have occurred in Nashville since December 2017.

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“Metro Public Health Department staff, working with multiple community partners, continue to plan additional opportunities to offer the hepatitis A vaccine to the at-risk communities,” said Rachel Franklin, Interim Director of Communicable Disease and Emergency Preparedness. “This week we added three vaccination clinics to reach people experiencing homelessness. Our staff vaccinated nearly 200 among the at-risk group at last weekend’s PRIDE Festival and we are planning additional locations to offer the vaccine in the coming weeks to reach the MSM community.”

The Health Department has worked with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission staff on a hepatitis A vaccine campaign to reach the homeless. That initial vaccination effort began June 18 and will run through July 6. The Health Department added three additional locations since last week, including the Room in the Inn and the Nashville Rescue Mission. The homeless outreach is in addition to the ongoing vaccination efforts at MPHD clinics and Neighborhood Health clinics.

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