The city’s Department of Public Health offered free hepatitis-A vaccines for the first time to OutFest participants. Rhona Cooper, the department’s clinical coordinator for public health preparedness, said her OutFest team vaccinated 38 people during the block party.
By Adriana Fraser
“We’ve done a number of outreach and community mitigation strategies to try to protect these populations from introducing it here in Philadelphia in any significant way,” he said.
Alles said the health department tested 400 people at Kensington’s Prevention Point earlier this year. They found significant rates of Hepatitis B and C, but no Hepatitis A infections. The department returned to Prevention Point over the summer and vaccinated about 100 people against Hepatitis A, Alles said.
By Joel Wolfram