In the context of an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, primarily affecting men who have sex with men (MSM), as well as an ongoing global hepatitis A vaccine shortage, the UK’s Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) endorsed, in June 2017, new pre-exposure vaccine recommendations. In England 262 cases of Hepatitis A among MSM have been diagnosed during the period 1st July 2016 and 30th April 2017. In Scotland since January 2017, 10 cases have been identified among males with one of two strains linked the MSM outbreak. The existing ‘Green Book’ recommendation states that all MSM reporting multiple sexual partners should be offered Hepatitis A vaccination. It is now recommended that all MSM attending HIV, GUM or Sexual Health clinics should be opportunistically offered vaccination against Hepatitis A.
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Health Protection Scotland issues country specific hepatitis A recommendations for those travelling abroad, and has posted specific advice for MSM travellers attending World Pride events in Europe this summer. This can be accessed via the travel health websites TRAVAX and fitfortravel