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Kentucky Nurse 'Strike Teams' Providing Thousands of Hepatitis A Vaccinations


A group of Kentucky nurses is being tasked with traveling to jails and other locations across the commonwealth to administer vaccinations for Hepatitis A.

At least 18 vaccination events have been scheduled through August, including one taking place Friday at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Kentucky is one of several states suffering from recent outbreaks of Hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver infection.

Kentucky’s Department of Public Health has identified more than 4,700 cases of Hep A since November of 2017, with 58 deaths in the state linked to the disease.

In an effort to halt the spread of Hepatitis A, the state is working with local partners to provide the vaccine to at-risk populations in places like county jails, homeless shelters, treatment centers, and pharmacies.

The group of Kentucky nurses offering the vaccines has administered more than 2,100 doses since April.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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