Prevention and control of infections with hepatitis viruses in correctional settings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MMWR Recomm Rep. 2003 Jan 24;52(RR-1):1-36; quiz CE1-4.


This report consolidates previous recommendations and adds new ones for preventing and controlling infections with hepatitis viruses in correctional settings. These recommendations provide guidelines for juvenile and adult correctional systems regarding 1) identification and investigation of acute viral hepatitis; 2) preexposure and postexposure immunization for hepatitis A and hepatitis B; 3) prevention of hepatitis C virus infection and its consequences; 4) health education; and 5) release planning. Implementation of these recommendations can reduce transmission of infections with hepatitis viruses among adults at risk in both correctional facilities and the outside community. These recommendations were developed after consultation with other federal agencies and specialists in the fields of corrections, correctional health care, and public health at a meeting in Atlanta, March 5-7, 2001. This report can serve as a resource for those involved in planning and implementing health-care programs for incarcerated persons.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Health Education
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Human / epidemiology
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Human / prevention & control*
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Human / transmission
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Prisons*
  • Risk Factors
  • Serologic Tests
  • United States
  • Vaccination