Kentucky Department of Public Health to give out 10,000 Hepatitis A vaccinations

05/24/2018 11:35 AM

FRANKFORT- To help aid the Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, officials with the Kentucky Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that they will be giving out 10,000 vaccinations to 10 counties hit with the disease.

The Acting Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, Dr. Jeffrey Howard, made the announcement during a Facebook Live event while providing information about the disease and answering questions for the public. Dr. Howard says each of the 10 counties will receive 1,000 vaccinations for residents who are uninsured or in need. As of Thursday morning, Howard did not know the counties that would be receiving the vaccinations.

The number of Hepatitis A cases in Kentucky has exploded this year, increasing from approximately 20 reported cases to 629 cases already reported this year.

Officials say the best way to prevent Hepatitis A is to get the vaccination, which is provided at clinics, doctors’ offices and hospitals. Depending on insurance, the vaccination can be provided with a $0 copay. Individual insurance providers can detail the coverage options.

While most of the attention has been focused on food workers in the Louisville area who contracted the disease, Dr. Howard says there have been no cases linked to food contamination.

For more information on the disease head to KCHFS’s Facebook Page or their website.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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  • Heza Putz wrote on May 24, 2018 09:59 PM :

    Come for the bourbon and horse racing. Leave with Hep A, y’all.

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