Metro Public Health Department officials have announced that the Hepatitis A has hit Nashville. They have confirmed that till now got 14 confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A in Nashville which has occurred since December 1, 2017.
The outbreak which is occurring in the Nashville has a dramatic increase as compared to the average of the two cases a year as Nashville normally sees. The Metro Public Health Department said that they are working continuously with the Tennessee Department of Health to control the outbreak.
The health department said that the greatest concern of the outbreak is among the men who got sexual contact with men and also involved with illicit drug users. According to the Neighborhood health, which is a community health clinic, said he is concerned about the number of available doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine. He said by adding, “There are over 18,000 men who have sex with men in Nashville. There are over 5,000 homeless individuals in Nashville, and there is an unknown number of drug users. We want to work closely with the Metro Public Health Department, to ensure that Nashville immediately gets an adequate supply of vaccine.”
As per a news release from the health department, each year two cases on an average comes to the notice in Nashville for the last few years. Large hepatitis A outbreaks are occurring since 2017 in several states which includes Kentucky and Indiana, and it also gets spread from person to person mainly among the homeless person.
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the people are at greater risk of exposure to hepatitis A which include illicit drug users, individuals who are experiencing homelessness and also to the man who has sexual contact with another man. The health department has decided to provide free hepatitis A vaccines from Tuesday at three health centres.
The children who are under 19 years of age and don’t have private insurance coverage for vaccines which include uninsured and TennCare-eligible children and can be vaccinated through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program with the help of health care provider or any local health department. The cost per vaccine is fixed at $40 for children who are not eligible for VFC program.
The vaccine is also available at area health care providers in Nashville with insurance. There are many insurance plans which cover all the costs of hepatitis A vaccine without any deductible.