Health Dept. to hold 2 Hep A vaccination clinics

Health Dept. to hold 2 Hep A vaccination clinics
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health announced Friday it will host two Hepatitis A vaccination clinics next week in Clay and Greene Counties.

The first clinic will be held Monday, June 11, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Clay County Health Unit, 1009 S. Garfield in Piggott. The second will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Greene County Health Unit, 801 Goldsmith in Paragould.

Vaccine shots will be provided at no cost to the patient. ADH will bill the patient's insurance if the patient has it.

The clinics are open to anyone at high risk of getting Hep A, including anyone in close contact with someone infected with Hep A; restaurant workers; those with infections or chronic diseases; drug users; the homeless; and the incarcerated.

Since February, 31 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Northeast Arkansas. A majority of those cases were in Clay and Greene Counties, with others reported in Craighead, Lawrence, and Randolph.

"The number of cases in this Hep A outbreak is continuing to rise," said Dr. Kirk Haselow, state epidemiologist. "There are numerous Hep A outbreaks occurring across the country. We are encouraging everyone in these areas to be aware of the risk factors for getting Hep A and to get vaccinated if needed."

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