Hepatitis A Vaccine Covered under UofL Health Plan

Posted: December 6, 2017

The Kentucky Department of Public Health has recently announced that there is an acute outbreak of Hepatitis A in Kentucky.  One area in Kentucky affected by this outbreak is Jefferson County, home to the city of Louisville.

What is Hepatitis A?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A is a “highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus.” It is preventable with a vaccine. The virus spreads the fecal-oral route, through either person-to-person contact or ingestion of contaminated food or water.  The best way to avoid getting the infection is through hand washing with soap and water, handling uncooked food appropriately and cooking food thoroughly.  For additional information on the Hepatitis A virus and infection consult: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm.

What can I do?

As mentioned, there is a vaccine available for Hepatitis A, and is a fully covered benefit offered by the University of Louisville health plan.  The vaccine is given as two shots, 6 months apart and known to be highly effective.  As always, consult your healthcare provider with questions.  The recommended populations for vaccination include children ages 1-18, travelers to other countries, and adult populations with certain medical conditions or risk factors. 

This information is provided by Jessie D. Morgan, RPh, MHA, Director of Pharmacy Utilization, at the University of Louisville. He can be reached at 852-2868 or jessie.morgan@louisville.edu.