Hepatitis A Outbreaks

Shawnee County Person-to-Person Outbreak

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD) have been working together in response to a person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak. See the data dashboard for complete details.

Those impacted have reported experiencing homelessness, unstable housing, injection or non-injection drug use, occupational risk of exposure, or close contact to an infected person. This outbreak is not spreading because of contaminated foods, drinks, or infected food handlers; however, KDHE and SCHD will continue to monitor the potential for the spread of disease by contaminated foods and drinks. 

  1. Outbreak Response
  2. For Providers
  3. General Info

Collaborative Response 

Vaccination Efforts

KDHE, SCHD, and community partners have been providing vaccination outreach efforts to those at risk of hepatitis A. Clinicians and vaccinators should consider the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations when prescribing and administering hepatitis A vaccine.

Who Should Get Vaccinated to Help Control the Outbreak?

  • People who use injection or non-injection drugs
  • People experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
  • People currently or recently in prison
  • People at increased risk of severe disease from infection, such as those with chronic liver disease or viral hepatitis infection
  • People who provide care for individuals experiencing homelessness, drug use, or the elderly
  • Any unvaccinated person that requests vaccination

Vaccine Clinic

Shawnee County Health Department
2115 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka
Call 785-251-5700 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins accepted.
Find immunization hours on the Shawnee County Health Department website.