• Hepatitis A Infection A Call for Vaccination

  • Hepatitis A Infection – A Call for Vaccination

    In New York State, excluding New York City, the number of hepatitis A virus (HAV) cases reported from January through November 2019 increased 235% compared to the average number of cases reported annually through November 2016-2018.

    The virus, which attacks the liver, is passed through contaminated food or water, or from close contact with a person or object that’s infected. The rate of infection is higher among people who report injection and non-injection drug use, are in unstable housing or are homeless, are currently or have been recently incarcerated, and are gay or bisexual or are men who have sex with men. While good hygiene — including handwashing after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food — is integral to HAV prevention, the best way to prevent HAV infection is through vaccination with the hepatitis A vaccine.

    The Bureau of Communicable Disease Control of the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) asks any AIDS Institute funded organization outside of New York City to:

    • vaccinate priority populations, and
    • register with the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN).

    To learn more review the NYS DOH’s Health Advisory Notice at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/ hepatitis/hepatitis_a/docs/2019-12-12_health_advisory.pdf.

    For other public health reporting requirements relating to communicable diseases and other conditions please visit https://www.affinityplan.org/Providers/Provider-Toolkit/Mandatory-Public-Health-Reporting-Requirements.