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New mandates for hepatitis A vaccine

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

new mandates for hepatitis a vaccine

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  • Franklin County, Missouri, has made it mandatory for food handlers to receive a hepatitis A vaccination
  • The commission order, dated July 30, 2019, gave 90 days for all currently employed food handlers to get vaccinated, and gave two weeks for new hires to get a hepatitis A shot
  • Food service workers are included among the groups federal public health officials state do NOT need routine vaccination against hepatitis A
  • While hepatitis A can be spread via contaminated food or water, most outbreaks in the U.S. are caused by infections spread from person to person during drug use or other high-risk activities
  • The move signals a concerning and growing trend toward expanding mandatory vaccination regulations and laws that violate the informed consent rights of people, not to mention putting their ability to continue working in certain livelihoods at risk

Franklin County, Missouri, has made it mandatory for food handlers to receive a hepatitis A vaccination. The commission order, dated July 30, 2019, gave 90 days for all currently employed food handlers to get vaccinated, and gave two weeks for new hires to get a hepatitis A shot.

While the order states that a food handler may decline to be vaccinated, if they do so, they will be restricted from “working with exposed food, clean equipment, utensils, linens and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles,” which makes it likely they could no longer work in their former food handling role.


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