The San Francisco Department of Public Health is actively promoting hepatitis
A & B prevention through immunization. A primary target for outreach and
education is the MSM population. A survey of 3,600 MSM seeking HIV testing
indicated that fewer than 16% had been vaccinated against hepatitis A and fewer
than 20% against hepatitis B. In order to enhance the immunization rates for
targeted risk populations, the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit created the
A non-traditional shot clinic is being pilot tested for 6 months (May to Nov,
2002) at Gold’s Gym in the Castro District Wednesday and Thursday evenings from
4 PM to 7 PM to people 18 and over. No appointment is necessary. There is a
charge for each shot ($15 for A, $20 for B, $30 for combo): only cash is
Hepatitis A and B vaccine is provided to local public health centers and
private, nonprofit organizations at no charge. In exchange, the receiving
organizations agree to administer the vaccine at minimal cost, to patients at
accessible locations, by order of risk priority and to file semi-annual reports
indicating how the vaccine was utilized.
A dramatic 30 second PSA was created and is in the process of being
distributed to TV networks and local stations. It was designed without local
contact information so that it can be shown anywhere in the country.
Two web sites are available for information. The national site (www.stophep.com)
is available to any program wishing to be linked, especially local jurisdictions
directing people on where to go to get immunized.