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Hepatitis A vaccine

Hepatitis A spreads to country club from trendy restaurant

New York’s Westchester County Department of Health Friday announced an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak has spread to the tony Sleepy Hollow Country Club. The club includes a 27-hole golf course on 338 acres. County health officials were already working to contain the scope of hepatitis A exposure linked to a favorite Port Chester restaurant called Bartaco. The restaurant was temporarily… Continue Reading

Infected restaurant worker spurs hepatitis A alert in Alabama

A pizza restaurant in Alabama is working with the state Department of Public Health, after discovering that one of the restaurant’s food handlers is infected with hepatitis A. The health department (ADPH) has contacted many customers of Marco’s Pizza in Anniston, AL, directly regarding the highly contagious virus, according to a news release. Post-exposure treatment is available, but must be administered within two… Continue Reading

CDC finds hepatitis A was carried from San Diego to AZ shelter

Sacramento confirms virus in restaurant worker, urges immediate vaccinations for patrons

For months a hepatitis A outbreak has been described in terms of homeless and drug-addicted victims in San Diego. New information this week from local, state and federal health officials shows a much broader geographic scope that is not limited by socio-economic boundaries. On Tuesday, Sacramento authorities urged recent patrons Haggis Oaks Golf Course to… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: For goodness sake, vaccinate – for Hep A

Opinion

There are now 16 dead with 292 sickened with hepatitis A in San Diego — mostly in the ignored homeless population. And, the numbers of people with this preventable disease is spiking. Colorado has 57 ill with 1 death; Michigan has 319 ill with 14 deaths; and New York has 46 ill. Other states and cities… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in freshcut pineapple in British Columbia

Consumers urged to seek post-exposure vaccine ASAP if they ate Western Family pineapple chunks

Anyone who has eaten Western Family brand freshcut pineapple in British Columbia recently is at risk of developing Hepatitis A and has an extremely limited amount of time to take the post-exposure vaccination for the virus. Complicating the situation is the fact that Canadian public health officials believe other products are affected, but they had… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

Anyone who has not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and has eaten imported yellowfin tuna in the past two weeks — especially if they live in California, Oklahoma, New York or Texas — should consider getting a post-exposure prophylactic shot for the virus. That recommendation from public health officials with the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Michigan sees huge spike in Hepatitis A; vaccinations urged

An eight-fold increase of Hepatitis A cases in Michigan in recent months has state officials encouraging people to get vaccinated against the sometimes foodborne illness. Most children receive Hepatitis A vaccinations during infancy now, but many adults have not been vaccinated. The vaccine is given in two injections a few months apart. Hepatitis A outbreaks… Continue Reading

90,000 Hepatitis A follow-up shots coming due in Hawaii

More than 90,000 people received the first shot of a two-injection Hepatitis A vaccination in the second half of 2016, and that means more than 90,000 follow-up injections are coming due in the Aloha State. More than two-and-a-half times as many people in Hawaii took Hepatitis A vaccinations this past year compared with 2015, mainly… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: It is time to Vaccinate against Hepatitis A

Opinion

It’s not just for travelers and people at risk anymore. I spent the last day meeting with the family of a woman that died too young from complications of Hepatitis A after eating tainted scallops from the Philippines. I represent nearly 80 others from that same outbreak – many who have been hospitalized, and even… Continue Reading

Detroit officials, Whole Foods work to limit Hepatitis A cases

Public health officials in Detroit are investigating two cases of Hepatitis A infection and urging anyone who recently ate food prepared at a Whole Foods Market store there to consider getting a post-exposure vaccination. City officials and corporate officials with the Austin, TX-based grocery store chain reported late this week that an employee at Whole… Continue Reading