Hepatitis A Vaccination & Its Impact on Food Service Workers

Brenden Bedard and Paul Pettit (Department of Public Health) published an article \ on Hepatitis A Vaccination. This guest commentary describes the hepatitis A vaccination efforts by the Genesee County Health Department for food service workers.

In 2019, the health department provided free hepatitis A vaccines to food service workers on a voluntary basis. In total, 83 retail food handlers received the vaccine. Education on hepatitis A and the vaccine was provided prior to vaccination to the retail food workers. Pretests and posttests were given to these retail food workers and results indicated a statistically significant change in knowledge. Based on our results, we would recommend providing the hepatitis A vaccine to restaurant food handlers.

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