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Vaccination Is Key To Preventing Hepatitis A

The hepatitis a vaccine
Julio Ochoa
WUSF Public Media
Vaccination and hand washing are key to preventing the spread of hepatitis A. JULIO OCHOA/WUSF Public Media

This week on Florida Matters, we discuss the concerns of more than 2,800 cases of hepatitis A being diagnosed in Florida so far this year. It has become one of the worst outbreaks of the liver disease in the country.

We talk about how some counties in Florida have managed to keep their numbers from growing.

We also learn why vaccinations and even something as simple as washing your hands are key to prevention.

Our guests include:

Julio Ochoa, editor of Health News Florida at WUSF.

Jill Roberts, assistant professor at USF College of Public health.

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Florida Matters airs on WUSF 89.7 Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.  It's also on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Christy Oshana is the Producer for Florida Matters, WUSF Public Media’s public affairs show.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.
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