WALKER COUNTY, Ala (WIAT) — For the first time, the Walker County Jail has begun voluntarily administering Hepatitis A vaccines to inmates at no cost to them.
Rodger Childers, president of Preemptive Forensic Health Solutions, said this was a big deal because those incarcerated are in the high-risk category of catching Hepatitis A.
“The biggest impact will be when the inmates are released. It gives community protection also and a lot of inmates end up working in the fast-food areas, and since its oral-fecal contamination, you want to be protected from Hepatitis A when you’re working in the healthcare industry,” Childers said.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that causes major fatigue, sickness, jaundice, and can lead to future long term problems like liver cancer.
On Monday, over 260 inmates volunteered to receive the vaccine.
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