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LA police union calls for Hep A vaccines for most-at-risk officers




A nurse loads a syringe with a vaccine against hepatitis at a free immunization clinic for students before the start of the school year, in Lynwood, California Aug. 27, 2013.
A nurse loads a syringe with a vaccine against hepatitis at a free immunization clinic for students before the start of the school year, in Lynwood, California Aug. 27, 2013.
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Last month, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in California after hundreds of Hepatitis A cases popped up in San Diego's homeless community.

The outbreak has since spread to LA, although public health officials say the general population is not at risk. However, an LAPD officer has contracted Hep A. That's prompting the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), the union that represents the officer, to call for more vaccinations

Take Two's A Martinez spoke with Mark Cronin, a director with LAPPL. The union issued a letter to the LA County Board of Supervisors calling for vaccines to go to 1,600 LAPD officers most at-risk for Hep A exposure. 

"Hepatitis A vaccinations are something that frankly the county and the city should have been all over long before the exposures in San Diego," Cronin said. "We shouldn't have had this officer come down with this."  

In response to the LAPPL letter, two motions are now scheduled for consideration before the board of supervisors addressing the need for more vaccines.

"What I think this comes down to is the priority of giving this to public safety," Cronin added. "There have been approximately 17,800 vaccinations administered and distributed by the Department of Public Health, but the reality is that they didn't go to public safety."

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