Hepatitis A outbreak

LANSING, MI — Several cases of Hepatitis A have occurred and as cases continue to rise the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wants everyone to be proactive.

The MDHHS has activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center  (CHECC) to provide support to healthcare providers who may be impacted by the outbreak.

The MDHHS is encouraging healthcare providers to promote the Hepatitis A vaccination to high risk individuals which include, but are not limited to; people in the food service industry, healthcare workers, and individuals who may have shared bodily fluids with others.

According to Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive of MDHHS, the vaccine is over ninety-percent effective in protecting from Hepatitis A.

Vaccination and proper hygiene are two key factors in stopping the spread of Hepatitis A.