Since 2018, there have been more than 22,000 cases of hepatitis A in the U.S. and more than 2,500 cases in Florida. On Aug. 1, 2019, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Emergency to address the increase in Hepatitis A cases in Florida due to the current national outbreak. Despite the recent rise in cases, you can protect yourself from the virus and help stop hepatitis A in Florida, and in Jacksonville.
Vaccines are available. For more information, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Duval County (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) at 904-253-1850.
Stop the Spread
Preventing human contact with feces is what sanitation is about. Wash your hands with soap and water and help stop the spread of hepatitis A.
Stop the spread of hepatitis A and wash your hands:
- After you use the bathroom—use soap and warm, running water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not kill hepatitis A germs.
- After you touch people or public surfaces; change a diaper; cough, sneeze or use a tissue; use tobacco; and eat or drink.
- Before you prepare food or work with food that isn’t already packaged.
- If you are an employer, require employees to use proper sanitation practices for preparing food, and for surface cleaning work areas and public areas like bathrooms.
Hepatitis A vaccination is your best protection against the virus. Most vaccinations come in two doses given six months apart.
FDOH recommends vaccination if you:
- Are homeless or your housing is unstable.
- Use illicit recreational drugs—injected or not.
- Want protection (immunity) from the virus.
- Have adopted or care for a child who comes from a country where hepatitis A is common.
- Are 60 or older and have a serious underlying medical condition.
- Have chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or C.
- Have a clotting-factor disorder.
- Have come into direct contact with others who have the virus.
- Are a man who has sex with other men.
- Have traveled to or will travel to countries where the virus is common—visit the CDC’s Traveler’s Health.
Find a vaccine:
Download the Hepatitus A Flyer.
Visit the Florida Department of Health website
to learn more.