Hepatitis Vaccinations Being Offered Thursday and Friday

June 14, 2018

(editors note:   The Craighead County Local Health Unit (LHU) in Jonesboro will hold a walk-in clinic to provide vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. The Craighead Co. LHU is located at 611 E. Washington Ave. in Jonesboro. Those people who cannot attend the clinic will need a vaccine or medicine by June 17 to prevent illness. Anyone who ate at this location and does not live in the area should contact their LHU or their healthcare provider.)

                                         

I'm Dr. Ryan Stanton and it's time for What's Going Around Extra. Today,

 

I'm Dr. Ryan Stanton and it's time for What's Going Around Extra. Today, we want to talk about an outbreak that's going on and that's hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a viral infection involving the liver. It is actually transmitted via food and drink that are contaminated with the virus.

 

This as opposed to other types of hepatitis isn't typically associated with chronic disease and is not associated with drug abuse or with sexual contact. This one is with food and tends to be more an acute illness.

                                             The illness is characterized by abdominal pain, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and occasionally fever. What we're seeing over the United States over the last few years has increased outbreaks. It comes up in little patches of dozens to hundreds of cases.

                                           This is usually a self-limited disease but occasionally and about one in 20 cases will cause death from liver failure.

                                             There is a vaccine that is available. It was typically used for the military and those traveling but is now being encouraged throughout the United States and is often becoming law in many schools as well. The vaccine is protective and actually having the illness itself does provide lifelong protection that gives future infections with hepatitis A. The most important thing here is prevention making sure that foods are properly cooked and are cleaned adequately especially things like salads or uncooked vegetables taking all the steps.

                                             If you start to have symptoms to get checked out and evaluated by your doctor and keeping up with outbreaks that may be taking place in your region especially if associated with a certain store or area where foods are purchased.

                                             For Northeast Arkansas News I’m Dr. Ryan Stanton.

 

Release: Arkansas State Department of Health:

 

Possible Hepatitis A exposure to customers at Steak 'n' Shake in Jonesboro

 

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning of a possible Hepatitis A (Hep A) exposure after an employee of the Steak ‘n’ Shake in Jonesboro, Ark., located at 2307 E. Parker Rd., tested positive for the virus. Hep A is a contagious liver disease.

 

Anyone who ate at this facility on June 3, 2018 between 4 and 10:30 p.m. should seek care immediately if they have never been vaccinated against Hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status. If someone ate at this restaurant on June 3 and is unsure what time they ate there, they should still seek vaccination. There are no specific treatments once a person gets Hep A; however, illness can be prevented even after exposure by getting the vaccine or a medicine called immune globulin. This medicine contains antibodies to Hep A and works best if given within two weeks of exposure to the virus.

 

Anyone who ate at this facility on June 3, 2018 between 4 and 10:30 p.m. should seek care immediately if they have never been vaccinated against Hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status. If someone ate at this restaurant on June 3 and is unsure what time they ate there, they should still seek vaccination. There are no specific treatments once a person gets Hep A; however, illness can be prevented even after exposure by getting the vaccine or a medicine called immune globulin. This medicine contains antibodies to Hep A and works best if given within two weeks of exposure to the virus.

 

The Craighead County Local Health Unit (LHU) in Jonesboro will hold a walk-in clinic to provide vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. The Craighead Co. LHU is located at 611 E. Washington Ave. in Jonesboro. Those people who cannot attend the clinic will need a vaccine or medicine by June 17 to prevent illness. Anyone who ate at this location and does not live in the area should contact their LHU or their healthcare provider.

 

The Greene County Health Unit at 801 Goldsmith Rd. in Paragould will hold a previously scheduled clinic Friday, June 15 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At these clinics, the shot will be provided at no cost to the patient. Patients should bring their insurance card and driver’s license if they have one.

 

People without symptoms who have eaten at this facility on June 3 between 4 and 10:30 p.m. and are:

 

Under one year of age are too young to be vaccinated so caregivers should call their healthcare provider.

 

One year of age and older and have never been vaccinated for Hep A should get the vaccine. They can come to the LHU during the hours posted above, or contact their healthcare provider to get the vaccine. Those who are pregnant or have a chronic illness or liver disease are especially encouraged to consult with their doctor for immune globulin (medicine).

 

Since February 2018, 32 cases of Hep A have been reported as part of an outbreak in Northeast Arkansas, with a majority of cases in Clay and Greene counties. Cases have also been found in Lawrence, Randolph, and Craighead counties. All of the cases have been in adults.

 

Handwashing can also prevent the spread of Hep A. If soap and water are not available, clean hands with hand sanitizer containing at least 80% alcohol. Hep A is usually spread when a person ingests tiny amounts of fecal matter from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the feces, or stool, of an infected person. Hep A can also be spread through unprotected sex or sharing of injection drugs.

 

 

 

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