Alameda County Public Health and Berkeley Public Health

Hepatitis A Guidance for Healthcare Facilities and Clinicians

A high demand of single antigen hepatitis A vaccine resulted in a national vaccine shortage toward the end of 2017.  Currently, issues with single antigen vaccine supply and ordering appear to be resolved.  Medical providers should now be vaccinating based on their own inventory instead of trying to ration or prioritize hepatitis A vaccine.

Administer hepatitis A vaccine to any person exposed to a case of hepatitis A (household/sexual contact) and continue to vaccinate all persons in the following risk groups:

  • Persons currently experiencing homelessness
  • Persons using illicit drugs
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Persons with chronic liver disease
  • Persons traveling to or working in countries where hepatitis A is common

If inventory permits, also consider vaccinating persons with close contact to individuals in high risk groups listed above as well as anyone seeking protection from hepatitis A disease.

Full ACPHD & BPH Joint Hepatitis A Guidance Update

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