- 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
"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."