The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging Hoosiers to get vaccinated and take other steps to protect themselves from Hepatitis A if they plan to travel to states that are experiencing outbreaks of the disease: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, California, Arizona, and Utah
The CDC states: Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protects against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.
Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately and refrain from preparing food for others. Hepatitis A virus is usually spread through feces (stool) of infected people but may also be spread through injection drug use.
Anyone who may be at risk, especially food handlers in schools, hospitals, restaurants, correctional institutions and other facilities that serve large numbers of people, is urged to get vaccinated. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers, and before preparing meals for yourself and others. Hepatitis A vaccine is readily available from health care providers, pharmacies, and health departments.
Risk factors for hepatitis A include:
For more information on hepatitis A, visit the ISDH website at https://www.in.gov/isdh/27791.htm.
2018-2019 School vaccination requirements can be found @ http://www.in.gov/isdh/17094.htm
To schedule an immunization appointment, please call our office at 765-482-3942 option 3 or contact your child’s healthcare provider.
We are providing two after hours clinics at The Boone County Health Department for the new 2018-2019 vaccine school requirements for students entering the 6th and 12th grades.