May is Hepatitis Awareness month and Madison County is currently experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak. Madison County Health Department Public Health Director Nancy Crewe said that the outbreak is declining and the number of monthly cases is dropping. She said that the dropping number of cases is good news but there has to be a one hundred day period without any new cases for the outbreak to officially be declared over.
The Health Department has taken action to fight the outbreak including providing vaccines to those who normally would be unable to get vaccinated. Even though the outbreak is on the decline, Crewe said it is crucial that people still get the vaccine. The vaccine comes in two shots six months apart. Crewe stressed the importance of the second shot, saying that if you do not get it, you will be vulnerable to the disease.