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Addressing Hepatitis A Outbreaks During COVID-19: Challenges, Opportunities, & Innovations
The United States is currently experiencing the largest person-to-person outbreak of hepatitis A in the post-vaccine era, resulting in nearly 40,000 cases across 35 states. Local health departments (LHDs) are responding to these outbreaks by investigating cases, conducting outreach and education, and vaccinating close contacts and populations disproportionately impacted by hepatitis A. While the measures taken to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 may help slow the spread of hepatitis A, cases continue to rise, and more than half (61%) result in hospitalization. In response to this, LHDs have worked to maintain and adapt hepatitis A outbreak response activities throughout the pandemic, keeping their community members healthy and out of the hospital.

This webinar will characterize the widespread, person-to-person outbreaks of hepatitis A across the United States, the role LHDs play in the prevention and control of viral hepatitis, and the evolution of the hepatitis A response throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will also hear from a health department that has strengthened community partnerships and scaled up hepatitis A education, outreach, and vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. This interactive webinar will highlight the challenges faced by local health departments as they respond to outbreaks during a pandemic and opportunities for integrating hepatitis A and COVID-19 response efforts.

Mar 3, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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