Hepatitis A Vaccination of Food Service Workers in Genesee County, New York
Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus and can cause a gastrointestinal illness. 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.
Speaker / Author:
Brenden A. Bedard, MPH, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments, SUNY Brockport, Nazareth College
Paul Pettit, MSL, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments, SUNY Brockport
Sarah Baldulf, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments
Kristine Voos, Genesee County Health Department