Epidemiologic data for Minnesota on hepatitis A
indicate differences in disease rates by county. MDH worked with local health
departments and other health care providers to develop specific policies for
hepatitis A prevention based on this local epidemiologic information.
In 2000, as an initial step, a "Hepatitis A Clinic
Kit" and a parent brochure were developed to assist all Indian Health Service (IHS)
clinics and tribal health clinics in developing pediatric hepatitis A
vaccination programs. The clinic kit includes information about local disease
rates, best practices of existing hepatitis A vaccination programs, disease
report forms, sample standing orders, product inserts, and record keeping forms.