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Hepatitis A Surveillance

January 1, 2018–April 27, 2019


From January 1, 2018 through April 27, 2019, 1,503 Counties that reported a hepatitis A case in week 17
hepatitis A cases were reported. (4/21/19–4/27/19) are outlined in black. Since January
1, 2018, 97% of cases have likely been acquired locally in
The number of reported hepatitis A cases more than
Florida.
doubled from 2016 to 2017 and nearly doubled again in
2018 after remaining relatively stable in previous years.
Case counts in 2019 have already surpassed those in
2018.

954
276
106 123 122 549

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019


to date

There were 70 hepatitis A cases reported in week 17 (4/21/19–4/27/19). Weekly case counts have steadily increased
overall since week 1, 2018.

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2018 Report Week 2019

The Florida Department of Health is actively working to vaccinate those most at risk for hepatitis A infection. Since
October 2018, the number of first doses of hepatitis A vaccine administered by both private providers and county
health departments to adults age 18 years and older, as recorded in Florida SHOTS, remained well above the previous 5-
year-average. In week 17 (4/21/19–4/27/19), 5,121 doses were administered. Vaccination is the best way to prevent
hepatitis A infection.

29,113

Previous 5-year average


9,051 9,440
6,299 5,896 5,878 7,634
3,102 2,791 3,179 3,790 4,135 3,637 3,357 2,965 3,595

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
2018 2019 to date
Hepatitis A Surveillance Systems Summary
Case Data
• Current case data are preliminary and will change as new information is gathered. The most recent data available are displayed in
this report.
• Hepatitis A is a reportable disease in Florida. Case information is documented by county health department epidemiologists in
Merlin, Florida’s reportable disease surveillance system.
• Only Florida residents are included in case counts. Hepatitis A case counts include both confirmed and probable cases.
• Map counts and rates are determined by the individual’s county of residence; these data do not take into account location of
exposure.
• For more information about reportable diseases, please visit FloridaHealth.gov/DiseaseReporting.
• For more information about Florida’s guides to surveillance and investigation, including disease-specific surveillance case
definitions, please visit FloridaHealth.gov/GSI.

Population Data
• Population data from 2019 used to calculate incidence rates are from FLHealthCHARTS (Community Health Assessment
Resource Tool Set).
• For more information about FLHealthCHARTS, please visit FLHealthCharts.com.

Vaccination Data
• Vaccination data are from Florida’s statewide immunization registry, Florida SHOTS. Use of Florida SHOTS is optional for most
providers.
• For more information about Florida SHOTS, please visit flshotsusers.com.