Opinion

Why best vaccine for homelessness is not a shot

By | Oct 4, 2017

While walking to work in downtown San Diego, I recently saw several men in what appeared to be Hazmat suits spraying bleach and hot water on the sidewalks in response to our community’s scary outbreak of hepatitis A. This prompted me to wait in line, along with other concerned downtowners, to get my hepatitis A vaccine at the local Family Health Centers of San Diego clinic. (The second follow up shot is needed six months from now).

I have also seen the San Diego County maps depicting outbreaks throughout the region, and the line charts showing a frightening increase of cases. With hundreds of cases and 17 deaths (as of this writing), this all feels like a gripping Michael Crichton novel come true.

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