Allegheny County Offers Homeless Hepatitis B Vaccinations
As part of National Hepatitis Awareness Month in May, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are working together on a special project to vaccinate the homeless against Hepatitis B.
The vaccine is being offered by the state and county free of charge through a collaborative health care outreach program that uses the County Health Department’s mobile clinic to serve homeless people and involves Operation Safety Net, Health Care for the Homeless and Community Human Services Corporation.
The homeless receive their initial dose of vaccine on visits to the mobile clinic and complete the three-dose series at the County Health Department’s immunization clinic in Oakland or at community clinics operated by Health Care for the Homeless.
The vaccine is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Initiative.
The campaign’s goal is to protect the homeless population from Hepatitis B infection. The homeless are at high risk for contracting the virus, which is transmitted through infectious blood, semen and saliva.