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Local health officials offering Hepatitis vaccines to those on the front lines

Health officials are offering immunizations to population groups that may be more prone to the disease than others.

Hepatitis a is a disease that's been plaguing many parts of the country.

“Unfortunately, across the country and in West Virginia, we're seeing it progress,” Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble said. “We're seeing cases.”

Eighteen states in the country have seen cases of Hepatitis a in the past 12 months. In West Virginia, close to 2,000 cases have been reported.

There's been plenty of speculation as to how it spreads. Health officials are offering immunizations to population groups that may be more prone to the disease than others.

“We get it when we're working in healthcare, or we're working in some industry where we're around it. We began to target our immunization efforts to groups we see either at risk or high probability of developing the disease,” Gamble said.

Those groups include emergency responders.

The health department is offering hepatitis a vaccination clinics throughout the month to responders because they are at some of the greatest risk to contract the disease.

“They're dealing or responding to an individual that can carry the virus. They are at higher risk because they are one on one. They come up on a scene or are transporting someone, and a lot of times, they don't have the medical history in front of them, like you would at a hospital,” Gamble said.

While Ohio County hasn't seen any cases related to the outbreak, there have been ones in Hancock and Marshall counties.

And while things seem to be calming down, Gamble knows that there's still a lot more to battle.

“Although we're seeing a slowdown, it is not an absolute victory that we're on the downside of this,” Gamble said.

“If you are an emergency responder interested in getting this vaccination, the health department is holding the clinics on Wednesdays throughout December.

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