COLUMBIA — Hepititis A has reached outbreak level in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced the outbreak.

Getting vaccinated against hepatitis A is one of the most important components of preventing the spread of this infection.

Hepatitis A vaccination is covered by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for Medicaid beneficiaries, as recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guidelines.

Children covered by Medicaid are eligible to receive the Hepatitis A vaccination through the Vaccines for Children program. For additional information on the vaccination program you may visit scdhec.gov/Health/Vaccinations/.

Vaccines for adult Medicaid beneficiaries are payable directly through the Medicaid program.

Additionally, SCDHEC is offering no-cost hepatitis A vaccines to individuals at high risk for infection who are not covered by Medicaid.

To schedule an appointment for a vaccination at a local health department, residents should call 855-472-3432 or visit www.scdhec.gov/health/health-public-health-clinics.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection that is transmitted through person-to-person contact with someone who has the infection or through eating or drinking food or water contaminated by an infected person.

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