The Florida Hepatitis Prevention Section, Florida Department of Health, recommends hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines, as well as hepatitis B and C testing, for adults at increased risk for hepatitis infection, or the serious consequences of infection.
The vaccines and laboratory testing are available for Florida residents 18 and older, and may be offered at no charge in your area.
To get more information about hepatitis vaccine and testing availability, contact your local health department.
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Hepatitis 101 training
The STD and Viral Hepatitis Section offers "Hepatitis 101: for Nurses, Counselors and Outreach Workers." This webinar is a one-hour basic introductory training and can be accessed through two delivery methods. See below.This course provides an introduction to hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Prior to each course date, the training registration link with a unique identifier (not to be shared with anyone) is email to all registrants. Any healthcare worker can participate in Hepatitis 101. Continuing education credit of one (1) hour is available for all licensed nurses in the state of Florida.
After participating in Hepatitis 101, you will be able to:
- Describe hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV)
- Identify clients who should be referred for hepatitis vaccination and testing
- Understand information needed to counsel clients about viral hepatitis
- Understand the basics on laboratory test results
- Describe the risk factors for co-infection with hepatitis and HIV
TRAINFor registration, log in to the TRAIN website and search for "FDOH Hepatitis 101" to register. For new users or Non-Department of Health Employees, please review the "How To" document to set up an account.
For the pre-test and registration, go to the registration page. This training is presented through Citrix’s GoToTraining. Prior to each course date, the training registration link with a unique identifier will be emailed to all registrants. It's recommended that you allow 15 minutes during registration to take the mandatory pretest.
Viral Serology Training
The STD and Viral Hepatitis Section offers "Viral Hepatitis Serology Workshop for: Healthcare Workers." This is a one-hour intermediate training and can be accessed online anytime and any day of the week.This course provides an overview of laboratory testing, results and interpretations. Any healthcare worker can participate and continuing education credit of one (1) hour is available for all licensed nurses in the state of Florida.
After participating in Viral Hepatitis Serology Workshop, you will be able to:
- Give an overview of the available serological tests for hepatitis A, B and C
- Provide an overview of interpretations for hepatitis A, B and C test results
- Describe the differences between acute and chronic viral hepatitis infections and the serological makers associated with each
- Provide an overview of viral hepatitis vaccine efficacy and recommendations
Upon completion, you will have the option to print out a certificate. We also run a weekly report of nurses who take the class and send the infor to the DOH Office of Performance Improvement for CEUs.
Other Hepatitis Information
A list of support groups in Florida for persons affected by hepatitis A, B or C