Hepatitis A Outbreak Prevention and Response
Minnesota is currently experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination.
Partners can use or adapt these resources and tools for hepatitis A outbreak prevention and response in Minnesota.
This subscription provides updates on all vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) in Minnesota. By subscribing, you will receive updates about the hepatitis A outbreak in addition to other VPD information.
Outbreaks of hepatitis A have been occurring in states across the country since 2016, and they don’t appear to be slowing down.
Since May 2019, Minnesota has seen an increase of hepatitis A cases, which we have now identified as an outbreak. Minnesota's outbreak-associated cases have risk factors consistent with the national outbreaks.
People at high risk in the current outbreaks include:
- People who use injection/non-injection drugs.
- People experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.
- People who are currently or were recently incarcerated.
- Men who have sex with men (MSM).
The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination.
As of Friday, Oct. 4
- 36 Cases
- 25 (69%) Hospitalizations
- 0 Deaths
Affected county counts:
- Blue Earth - 1
- Carver - 1
- Chisago - 1
- Crow Wing - 1
- Dakota - 3
- Hennepin - 6
- Kanabec - 4
- Kandiyohi - 1
- Mille Lacs - 3
- Pine – 5
- Ramsey - 1
- Scott - 1
- St. Louis - 4
- Stearns - 1
- Washington - 3
Epi Curve of Outbreak Associated Cases by MMWR Week, Dec. 16, 2018 - Sept. 28, 2019
- Hepatitis A Vaccination Guidance for Outbreak Prevention and Response (PDF)
This guidance is meant to serve as a basic reference for health care providers vaccinating with hepatitis A vaccine for outbreak prevention and response.
- Hepatitis A Vaccine Screening Form (PDF)
Screening form to be used when vaccination for outbreak prevention and response.
- Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinic Supply List (PDF)
List of supplies needed for a hepatitis A vaccination activities.
- Vaccine Protocols
Get a hepatitis A vaccine protocol template.
- Hepatitis A VIS
Hepatitis A Vaccine Information Statement available in multiple languages from the Immunization Action Coalition.
- Hepatitis A Information for Health Professionals
Information on disease facts, clinical and vaccine information, immunization schedules, reporting, and treatment of cases and contacts.
|What to know about hepatitis A (PDF)
Infographic showing the symptoms, transmission, risk populations, and treatment for hepatitis A.
Protect yourself from hepatitis A (PDF)
Half sheet to promote vaccination during targeted outreach with high-risk populations.
|Hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota (palm card) (PDF)
Fillable palm card to give out during outreach.
Give the half sheet or palm card to patients/clients and mention these key points:
- There is a hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota.
- Hepatitis A can make people sick for weeks or even months, but there's a vaccine that can protect you.
- Some people are at higher risk, but anyone who wants to be protected from hepatitis A can get vaccinated.
- Then offer vaccine if you have it, or refer the person to their provider or a clinic for free or low-cost vaccine if they don't have insurance.