Hepatitis AProtect the Community from Hepatitis A
The City of El Cajon works proactively to protect the community against the threat of Hepatitis A. This page provides information about Hepatitis A and prevention tips, the City’s prevention efforts, and vaccination information.
Facts and Prevention Tips
- During the height of San Diego County’s 2017 Hepatitis A outbreak, the County estimated that more than 75% of those contaminated were homeless individuals or illicit drug users. Hepatitis A is usually transmitted from person-to-person contact, especially through fecal contamination.
- Vaccination of the most vulnerable population is key to fighting Hepatitis A. A two-part vaccination has been recommended for:
- Homeless Individuals and Illicit Drug Users
- Those in regular contact with the homeless
- Food handlers
- Prevention tips:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds
- Avoid intimate contact with someone infected with Hepatitis A and don not share food, towels, utensils etc.
Here are some of the actions the City continues to take to protect the safety of the City’s residents from Hepatitis A:
- Authorized the County to install handwashing stations at Prescott Promenade, outside the County library, and in conjunction with MTS at Trolley Stations
- The El Cajon Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team accompanies County of San Diego nurses routinely for in-the-field Hepatitis A vaccinations
- Power washing and sanitizing sidewalks, curbs and benches in areas where homeless congregate and requested that MTS power wash trolley station platforms
- Reached out to over 360 private businesses regarding prevention measures and posted information in public facilities such as the library and recreation center
- Contacted school districts with additional information and requested that the County translate all Hepatitis A literature into Arabic
- Ensured that all City restrooms are being cleaned with effective Hepatitis A cleansers
If you are homeless, an illicit drug user, a food handler, or work in professions that are in contact with the homeless, the County encourages you to become vaccinated. To obtain a vaccine:
- Visit your primary physician
- Call 2-1-1 to find a community clinic near you
For additional information, visit: San Diego County about Hepatitis A