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Michigan funds hepatitis vaccination program

Michigan funds hepatitis vaccination program with grants to local health departments. Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services is giving grants to 25 county health departments for hepatitis A vaccinations.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently issued $500,000 in grants to 25 local health departments to fight Michigan’s hepatitis A outbreak.

The money will be used to increase vaccination rates in high-risk populations. It is aimed at counties outside of the outbreak authority.

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Michigan is in the middle of one of the largest hepatitis A outbreaks in state history. There have been more than 780 cases, with the majority in the Detroit area.

Counties with the largest projection in cases already have gotten state grants. This latest round covers the remainder of the state’s local health department.

Each department is getting $20,000 that can be used for staffing to conduct educational and vaccination outreach efforts.

Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious liver disease. The virus is found in the feces of people with hepatitis A and spread by eating contaminated food or water, by living with an infected person, using drugs, homelessness or transient housing are at greater risk of contracting the disease.

Hepatitis A symptoms include nausea and vomiting, belly pain, feeling tired, fever, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, pale-colored faces and joint pain.

Prevention methods include getting vaccinated, practicing good hand washing and avoiding contact with infected partners. The hepatitis A vaccine is available at local pharmacies, through health-care providers and at local health departments.