State Awards Hepatitis Vaccine Grants

The Allegan County Health Department has received a $20,000 grant from the state to increase hepatitis A vaccinations. It tells us the money comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which set aside a total of $500,000 to help fight the state’s hepatitis A outbreak. 25 counties are receiving grants. The Allegan County Health Department tells us high-risk populations for acquiring hepatitis A, which is a liver disease, are individuals with histories of injection and non-injection drug use, the homeless, inmates, and men who have sex with men. The Allegan County Health Department tells us it will work with the Allegan County Jail, as well as other community agencies, to distribute the hep A vaccine. Anyone interested in getting the shot should call the Allegan County Health Department.