To fight an increase in hepatitis A instances within the county, the Florida Division of Well being in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) is providing the two-dose hepatitis A vaccine for gratis to adults and kids 12 months of age or older on the Duke Power/DOH-Citrus COVID-19 Vaccination Web site in Crystal River.
No appointment vital. First and second doses of hepatitis A vaccine shall be provided by walk-in at 8200 W. Venable St. in Crystal River on the next days and occasions all through June:
- Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, from 9 a.m. to midday
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 2020, 14 hepatitis A instances have been reported in Citrus. As of Might 8, lower than 5 months into the 12 months, 12 instances have been reported within the county, eight of which have been reported since April.
“Whereas we’re not seeing the rise we did in 2019, we’re on monitor to exceed the entire variety of instances we noticed in 2020 alone,” stated DOH-Citrus Administrator Ernesto “Tito” Rubio. “These in danger have to know that there is an efficient vaccine that protects them from this illness and it’s available.”
Hepatitis A is attributable to a contagious virus that infects the liver—it could actually result in severe liver issues. The virus spreads via the feces of people that have the virus. If an individual with the virus doesn’t wash their arms after going to the lavatory, feces can get on their arms and may switch to things, meals and drinks. When these items are shared, different individuals can unknowingly swallow the virus.
Signs embrace fever, darkish urine, yellow-tinged pores and skin or eyes, fatigue and gastric points. Individuals with hepatitis A signs ought to search medical care instantly.
Good hygiene to forestall the unfold of hepatitis A—washing arms nicely after utilizing the lavatory—lessens the possibility that fecal contamination will unfold the illness in those that have it. Vaccination is the perfect safety for these in danger.
For extra details about hepatitis A in Florida, go to floridahealth.gov/hepA.