KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The outbreak of hepatitis A that attacked our region has had many people worried about contracting the virus.
Lines in health departments and clinics have been growing longer as confirmed cases continue to increase.
On Saturday, the Thomas Health System held a special day of hepatitis detection and vaccination in care clinics in Kanawha County.
Officials say that hundreds went to the clinics to get vaccinated.
Randy Fields says that when he learned that a restaurant he had eaten recently had a confirmed case, he decided it was better to be safe than to repent and get the vaccine.
It was a mentality that many patients also had, saying with so much eating out, they did not want to have to worry about the virus every time they went to dinner somewhere.
Lead specialist Bethany Hoylman says that they have had similar events with vaccines earlier during the hepatitis awareness month in past years, but this year th The time of the outbreak reached its peak.
"Before the acute outbreak, hepatitis was not really something we talked about," Hoylman said.
She says the clinics are now taking several phone calls and seeing a lot more patients as more cases are reported, which also helps improve the public's education on preventive measures.
Vaccines are still available at all Thomas Health Care clinics.