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DOH-Seminole Offers Free Hepatitis A Vaccines

 February 21, 2019 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Location

Shepherd’s Hope Health Center
600 N. US Highway 17-92
Suite 124
Longwood, FL 32750

Although anyone can get hepatitis A, certain groups of people are at higher risk, such as: people with direct contact with someone who has hepatitis A, men who have sexual contact with men, people who use drugs, and people who are experiencing homelessness. The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) is collaborating closely with community partners to raise hepatitis A awareness and encourage vaccination. Free hepatitis A vaccinations will be offered to high-risk individuals at different sites throughout the county and are also available through the Hepatitis Prevention Program at DOH-Seminole.

Please call the health department at 407-665-3243 to see if you qualify for free vaccine.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver. People infected with hepatitis A are most contagious from two weeks before onset of symptoms to one week afterwards. Not everyone who is infected will have all the symptoms. Symptoms usually start within 28 days of exposure to the virus with a range of 15-50 days. Symptoms can include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing skin and whites of eyes)

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Fatigue/tired

  • Loss of appetite

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Stomach pain

  • Dark-colored urine

  • Pale or clay colored stool

How is hepatitis A treated or hepatitis A infection prevented?

  • Hepatitis A vaccine is the best method of preventing infection.

  • No medicines can cure the disease once symptoms appear. People with hepatitis A symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

  • Most people get better over time but may need to be hospitalized.

  • Previous infection with hepatitis A provides immunity for the rest of a person’s life.

  • People that are exposed to hepatitis A may be given vaccine or immune globulin within 14 days of exposure to prevent infection.

Health care providers are reminded to immediately report all cases of hepatitis A to their local county health department to ensure a prompt public health response to prevent disease among close contacts.

  • Schedule

Event Starts: 8:45 AM

Event Ends: 12:00 PM