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Salt Lake County Health Department Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak

23-Aug-2017, Written by SLCSO Media Unit

Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) is investigating a hepatitis A outbreak among people in certain populations: those experiencing homelessness, those using illicit drugs (both injection and noninjection), and those who are or have recently been incarcerated.

The risk to the general public is minimal, but law enforcement, fire/EMS, sanitation crews, and others in contact with these populations should ensure they are protected by receiving a hepatitis A vaccine, if they have not already. Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer to members of your organization who may be affected.
Our immunization clinics accept most insurance plans, but if your agency’s plan is not among those we accept, SLCoHD will provide the potentially affected employees of our public safety and public agency partners with vaccine at no charge. Appointments are available by calling 385-468-SHOT(7468). It can take up to two weeks after receiving the vaccine for it to be fully effective, so encourage unvaccinated, potentially affected employees to make an appointment soon.

Be aware that our clinics are very busy right now with back-to-school immunizations, so the vaccine is also widely available from private health care providers and local pharmacies.
Thank you for helping us protect public health in our community.

Nicholas Rupp
Communication Coordinator
Public Information Office
T 385-468-4130