Are you vaccinated?

In the midst of an outbreak of hepatitis A, the Department of Public Health recommends vaccines at Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Greenup, Carter and Boyd counties.

There have been approximately 311 cases of hepatitis A statewide related to the outbreak, a significant increase in a state that generally sees about 20 cases per year. 214 of them are from Jefferson County.

"DPH recommends that all children, 1 year old up to 18 years old, receive the hepatitis A vaccine and adults who want to protect themselves from acute hepatitis A infection," said Jeffrey Howard, Acting Commissioner of DPH, at release. In these counties with local transmission of the hepatitis A virus, we recommend that everyone be vaccinated according to guidelines to help stop this outbreak. "

Hepatitis A vaccines can be given at any medical facility and are usually pocket-sized if meet the federal requirements Affordable Care Act.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and fever, according to the statement.

the virus is usually found in the feces of people infected with hepatitis A and is transmitted from person to person by contact.

The Department of Health is encouraging people to wash their hands afterwards. to use the bathroom to fight the spread of the disease.

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