In a follow-up on the hepatitis A outbreak in Florida, state health officials reported 60 hepatitis A cases the week of April 7, bringing the number of outbreak cases since January to 811 and since last year to 1,359.
The Florida Department of Health is actively working to vaccinate those most at risk for hepatitis A infection. In recent months, the number of first doses of hepatitis A vaccine administered by both private providers and county health departments to adults age 18 years and older, as recorded in Florida SHOTS, remained well above the previous 5-year average.
In week 15 (4/7/19–4/13/19), 5,945 doses were administered. Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A infection.
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In addition, health officials remind the public to wash your hands after you use the bathroom—alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not kill hepatitis A germs. Use soap and warm, running water and wash for at least 20 seconds.
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