Police, firefighters & EMT's urged to get Hepatitis A vaccine as disease spreads in Central Ohio

  • Source: WTTE-TV Fox 28 Columbus
  • Published: 03/11/2019 03:47 PM

Faced with a still-growing outbreak of Hepatitis A, health officials in Columbus and Franklin County have officially expanded their list of people "recommended" to receive a vaccine for the disease. The list now includes healthcare workers, homeless caretakers, substance abuse treatment workers and most first responders in Central Ohio. A Friday news release placed special emphasis on the first responders — many of whom can have repeated daily contact with those who are most at-risk to contract hepatitis-A. “Including first responders is one more way we ensure those at risk in our community are protected from potential exposure," County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola said in a statement. On Monday, the Columbus Division of Fire spokesman, Chief Steven Martin, said that as many as two-thirds of the department's staff had never been required to receive the vaccination in the past.


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