During a hepatitis A emergency, there's a nationwide shortage of vaccine

Story highlights

  • A national shortage of Hepatitis A vaccine is hindering efforts to combat outbreaks
  • CDC is working with state and local agencies to prioritize at-risk populations

(CNN)The battle against hepatitis A outbreaks across the US is being stymied by a national shortage of the vaccine needed to combat it.

"Current supply is not sufficient to support demand for vaccine," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a written statement.
Southeast Michigan has seen 495 cases of hepatitis A and 19 deaths, mostly in Macomb and Wayne counties and in Detroit. The outbreak began in August 2016, and after a drop off during the winter, has been climbing since February of this year, said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Angela Minicuci.
    "We have a limited supply of vaccine," Minicuci said, "so we are prioritizing delivery to high-risk populations."