Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can result in sickness ranging from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to severe symptoms lasting several months. This infection is easily transmitted from person to person in a food service environment. While the Health Department considers this a significant health threat, an important thing to remember is that people are now commonly vaccinated for Hepatitis A.
For those not previously vaccinated, the Health Department has set up a vaccination clinic which will take place at Remington’s at 1655 W. Republic Road. While this clinic will be open to the public, the Health Department recommends individuals who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems visit their doctor for guidance.
Vaccinations will be provided starting May 22 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will continue May 23 from 7 a.m. to noon.
Mercy will also offer vaccinations at the Smith Glynn Callaway Clinic at 3231 S. National on May 24-26 from noon to 4 p.m.
Symptoms of the illness include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay colored bowl movements, joint pain and jaundice (yellowing of the skin).