Hepatitis A Outbreak Prevention and Response
As of September 28, 2021, the health department has officially ended the hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota.
Partners should remain vigilant. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination. The following resources and tools can be used or adapted for hepatitis A outbreak prevention and response in Minnesota as needed.
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As of September 28, 2021, the health department officially ended the hepatitis A outbreak.
Outbreaks of hepatitis A have been occurring in states across the country since 2016. In May 2019, Minnesota experienced an increase of hepatitis A cases, which resulted in an outbreak. When active, Minnesota's outbreak-associated cases had risk factors consistent with the national outbreaks.
People at high risk in the outbreaks included:
- 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.
The outbreak is now over, and no new data will be reported. The last reported outbreak case counts are as follows.As of Friday, July 23:
- 129 Cases
- 90 (70%) Hospitalizations
- 1 Death
|Affected county (30)||Counts|
Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases as of Friday, July 23, 2021
Epi curve of outbreak-associated cases by MMWR week, Dec. 22, 2018 - March 6, 2021
- 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.
Hepatitis A Sample Social Media Messages (PDF)
Sample social media messages to help promote vaccination and educate people about hepatitis A. Sample images to go with the messages are also included below.
- Hepatitis A can make you sick for weeks to months (JPG)
- Hepatitis A spreads through... (JPG)
- Get vaccinated to protect yourself from hepatitis A (JPG)
|Hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota (fillable palm card) (PDF)
Fillable palm card to give out during outreach.
Hepatitis A outbreak in Minnesota (palm card) (PDF)
Palm card with MDH information to give out during outreach.
Protect yourself from hepatitis A (PDF)
Half sheet to promote vaccination during targeted outreach with high-risk populations.
Note: 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.