The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative provides technical support and guidance for the prevention and control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Ohio. This initiative seeks to improve the delivery of hepatitis prevention services in healthcare settings and public health programs that serve at-risk adults and adolescents by integrating viral hepatitis messages and services into existing programs. Consultation is available to local public health, private providers, healthcare facilities, community agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, correctional facilities and the general public.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Hepatitis Surveillance Program is responsible for the ongoing and systematic collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of population-based information about persons diagnosed with non-perinatal hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis D virus (HDV) in Ohio.
Surveillance is a core public health function that includes reporting of persons suspected of having or having an infection or disease required to be reported to local and state public health, maintaining a data system of those cases and suspected cases, analyzing data, and generating summary reports for local health jurisdictions, health care providers, community organizations, and funding sources. Maintaining complete and accurate data on cases and suspected cases is necessary for understanding the epidemiology of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and is essential in detecting outbreaks in Ohio.
In 2007, the Adult Hepatitis Vaccination Project (AHVP) was launched. This project provides free hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine and free hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccine to un- or under-insured adults that engage in high-risk behaviors. Vaccine is also provided to individuals with a significant risk for severe complications, such as people with chronic HCV, HIV, diabetes and to students whose education requires HBV vaccine. The AHVP is a collaborative effort between the ODH Immunization Program and the ODH Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative.
For information on free hepatitis vaccines for high-risk adults, contact your local health department (LHD) or call the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases at 614-995-5599