Car to Caravan: An outbreak of hepatitis A in a travelling community in the East Midlands
PHE ePoster Library. Degala S. Apr 10, 2019; 257480; 15327
Srilaxmi Degala
Srilaxmi Degala
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Abstract Background:
A confirmed Hepatitis A case from a traveller site was notified to the Health Protection Team (HPT) at Public Health England. Case finding using oral fluid sampling of household contacts revealed an additional 6 confirmed and one probable case with epidemiological links associated with three local traveller sites. An incident management team (IMT) was convened and arrangements to offer vaccination to the residents of the three sites was planned to prevent ongoing transmission and potential exportation to other sites. The challenge was to find the most effective way to achieve a high uptake of vaccinations amongst this typically under-immunised community.
Methods:
Network analysis was used to identify epidemiological links and potential sites for vaccinationCommunity health teams identified the cohort for immunisationThe IMT agreed that on site vaccination was most likely to yield a good uptakeA meeting with the owner of the largest site to gain co-operation and to encourage vaccine acceptanc.
Results:
There were approximately 75 adults and children identified as residing at the three sites. A team consisting of 4 immunisers, a prescriber and HPT staff visited the three sites to offer vaccination to the residents. A high uptake of the vaccination was observed, 72/80 people (90%). ConclusionWorking closely with the travelling community and community healthcare professionals was key to the successful control of this outbreak A high uptake of the vaccination was achievedNo further cases from that community have been reported
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