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Source: Seattle Times

Hepatitis A outbreaks have increased over the last couple of years as a result of homelessness and drug abuse, as reported by Seattle Times, through used needles and contaminated food. In just the last month, more than 7,500 cases of the infection have been reported across the U.S. At least 74 deaths were reported as a result.

Now, a federal advisory panel has recommended to the CDC that all homeless individuals have routine vaccinations for Hepatitis A, since a large portion of those affected this year were homeless individuals.

The recommendation will allow for clinics, shelters and other facilities to distribute a 2-dose shot to help homeless individuals. The plan is estimated to cost around $16 million to more than $30 million. Some obstacles that clinics may face include tracking those who have already been vaccinated.

Read Full Story: Seattle Times

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Routine Vaccinations for Hepatitis A Recommended as Cases Among Homeless Increase

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