Hepatitis A update and recommendations

November 21, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak in Southeast Michigan (Detroit City, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties) continues and now includes 509 confirmed cases (age 20-87) resulting in 20 deaths.

The majority of patients in this outbreak have risk factors of homelessness, incarceration and/or substance use; men who have sex with men are also at increased risk. Health care workers have been infected with hepatitis A as part of this outbreak. In addition, a large number of patrons may have been exposed to hepatitis A at an Ann Arbor restaurant.

Updated information about the ongoing outbreak can be found by clicking here.

Due to possible occupational risk for hepatitis A virus exposure, Michigan Medicine is strongly recommending hepatitis A vaccination for all health care workers with direct patient contact who have not previously been vaccinated with two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or had prior history of hepatitis A infection. 

Vaccination is especially recommended for the following groups: 

  • Adult emergency department health care workers with direct patient contact
  • Environmental Services workers
  • Health care workers caring for patients with confirmed hepatitis A
  • Health care workers with chronic liver disease or other medical conditions requiring vaccination. Click here for details.  
  • Public safety officers
  • Food handlers

Please note that the hepatitis B vaccine does not provide protection against hepatitis A.

You can get your vaccine in University Hospital South F4385 during the following times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 22: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Dec. 1: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Please also see this document for infection prevention recommendations for caring for patients with hepatitis A in the health care environment.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Infection Prevention & Epidemiology at 734-936-6355 or page 30032.