Practice Alert

CDC provides advice on recent hepatitis A outbreaks



Available vaccines

Three vaccines are available for protection against HAV (TABLE2,14). Post-exposure prevention of HAV can be achieved with HAV vaccine or immune globulin.15 Vaccine is preferred for individuals up to age 40 years and can be used for older individuals if immune globulin is unavailable.

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The CDC reports that the supply of adult HAV vaccine is being strained by these large outbreaks.16 Physicians will need to stay in touch with their local public health departments regarding vaccine availability in the community and any local recommendations being made regarding vaccine administration, as well as to the status of any local HAV outbreaks.

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