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QUESTION: It has just come to my attention that the plumbers working for our plumbing contractor receive hepatitis A vaccine because of their exposure to sewage. Is this a CDC recommendation?
ANSWER: Hepatitis A vaccine is not routinely recommended for workers exposed to sewage. More information on this topic can be found in the ACIP hepatitis A recommendations, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5507.pdf (page 8). However, it is important to ensure that people exposed to sewage in their work stay current on their tetanus vaccination with a routine booster dose every 10 years.
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