DETROIT, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since 2016, health departments across Southeast
Hepatitis A VaccinationThe hepatitis A vaccine is very effective at preventing infection. Many people can get the vaccine from their health care provider. While anyone who wants to obtain the vaccine should be vaccinated, state and local health officials are recommending the following high-risk individuals obtain the vaccine:
People without insurance or who cannot get it elsewhere can get vaccinated through their local health department.
Detroit Health Department 313-876-4000http://www.detroitmi.gov/health or @DetHealthMedia contact: Tamekia Ashford, 313-400-7107 or AshfordTa@detroitmi.gov
Livingston County Health Department 517-546-9850 www.lchd.org or www.facebook.com/LCDPH Media contact: Chelsea Moxlow, 517-546-9850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Macomb County Health Department 586-469-5372 (Mount Clemens)586-465-8537 (Warren)http://health.macombgov.org/Health-Programs-FamilyHealthServices-ImmunizationClinic or @PublicHealthMacombMedia contact: William Ridella, 586-469-5510 or email@example.com
Monroe County Health Department 734-240-7800 http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/publichealth or @Monroe-County-Health-Department Media contact: Kim Comerzan, 734-240-7804 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakland County Health Division248-848-5533 (Nurse on Call)www.oakgov.com/health or @publichealthOCMedia contact: Leigh-Anne Stafford, 248-858-1410 or email@example.com
St. Clair County Health Department 810-987-5300www.scchealth.co or @scchdmiMedia contact: Jennifer Michaluk, (810) 987-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washtenaw County Health Department 734-544-6700http://publichealth.ewashtenaw.org or @wcpublichealthMedia contact: Susan Cerniglia, 734-544-6759 or email@example.com
Wayne County Health Department 734-727-7101https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/hvcw/wellness/protect-yourself-from-hepatitis-a.aspx Media contact: Lisa Croff, 313-657-8630 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southeast Michigan Hepatitis A OutbreakThe Southeast Michigan hepatitis A outbreak appears to be spreading from person-to-person and through illicit drug use. Among the eight Southeast Michigan health departments, 551 cases have been confirmed since August 2016, which represents 95% of the total outbreak cases statewide. It can be spread through close contact, such as living with or having sex with someone who has hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is also easily transmitted by consuming food or beverages handled by someone infected with the virus. Infected persons can be contagious for up to two weeks before showing any symptoms. Vaccination and handwashing can prevent the spread of illness.
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. Symptoms of infection may include sudden abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and/or vomiting often followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice). Symptoms may appear from 14-50 days after exposure, but average about one month.
To reduce your risk of hepatitis A:
Learn more about the Southeast Michigan hepatitis A outbreak, including the current number of cases and information for at-risk groups and food service workers, at www.mi.gov/hepatitisaoutbreak.
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SOURCE Southeastern Michigan Health Association (SEMHA)
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