New Jersey health officials are reporting a hepatitis A cluster affecting the homeless and/or drug users in the southern counties.
To date, 26 case have been reported in Camden (9), Burlington (6) and Gloucester (11) counties.
Anyone can get hepatitis A, but recently, these southern counties have reported increased cases among those who have had close, personal contact with someone who has hepatitis A, men who have sex with men, drug users, and the homeless.
“Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “County and local health departments have been working with shelters, community health centers and homeless outreach services to vaccinate homeless individuals in several counties. I’m encouraged that our partnership with these organizations is getting an effective prevention measure to the most vulnerable people in the state.”
NJ Department of Health is stepping up by distributing free vaccines to folks at risk. Call: Burlington: 609-265-5548 Camden: 856-931-2700 Gloucester: 856-218– 4102
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