Hepatitis A Safety
Monday, June 04, 2018
KentuckyOne Health Divesting Operations
By Ron Waldridge, II, MD, KMG Physician Executive
Ron Waldridge, II, MD, KMG Physician Executive
Our employees are our greatest asset and ensuring their safety in our workplace is a priority. With the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in the Louisville area, we want to ensure that our employees are protected from this virus.
Most insurance – including the insurance provided employees through KentuckyOne Health – covers the Hepatitis A vaccine as a preventative benefit 100% covered. The vaccine can be given at either your primary care physician’s office or at most major pharmacies and retail clinics. (Please check beforehand to confirm coverage and availability.) Additionally, the Employee Health office has a limited supply of the Hepatitis A vaccine.
We strongly encourage all employees to get the Hepatitis A vaccine. If you have questions about whether you should be vaccinated, please discuss with your manager or the Employee Health office. Upon receiving the vaccine (or if you have previously received), please forward documentation of your vaccination to the Employee Health office for your employee file.
To date, there have been approximately 311 cases of hepatitis A in Jefferson County. Kentucky typically has around 20 cases per year. Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark-colored urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and fever. The virus is spread from direct person-to-person contact or by coming into contact with an object that has been contaminated. Following proper hand washing protocols is critical to stopping the spread of this virus.
Our organization is committed to delivering the highest quality care in a safe and compassionate environment. Thank you for your part in keeping this environment safe. If you have any questions, please contact the Employee Health Office or contact your HR Business Partner.
View Hepatitis A Infographic