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Hepatitis A vaccines available in Clackamas County region
by Sam Kaplan - The Oregon Herald
  Sunday February 21, 2016 - 9:17 AM
 
Hepatitis A vaccines now available in Clackamas County Public Health centers.

The vaccine is only recommended for people who attended the Sandy Cinema, at 16605 Champion Way in Sandy, and ate or drank from the concession stand during these specific dates and times:

Feb. 12: 11 a.m. to closing
Feb. 13: 6 p.m.to closing
Feb. 14: 2 p.m. to closing
Feb. 15: 1:30 p.m.to closing

As supplies may vary, people are encouraged to call ahead to determine availability.

The locations for adult vaccine can be found here.

Those individuals aged 1 to 40, who have not previously received the Hepatitis A vaccine, are recommended to get a single dose of the vaccine. Pediatric vaccine, approved for those 18 years old and younger, should be readily available through private providers. For those individuals less than 1 or over 40, vaccine is not approved. They are recommended to receive immune globulin shots and are encouraged to call the Clackamas County Public Health call-in line at 503-742-5320 starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

The medication is not effective once two weeks have passed.

For those without health insurance or those who cannot afford the vaccine despite having insurance, medications will also be made available at a public clinic on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23 through Feb. 25 at Legacy Medical Group Firwood, 36860 Industrial Way, Sandy, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

People are requested to not arrive prior to 6:30 pm to allow the Legacy clinic to continue to operate their normal business hours.

The clinic is being hosted by Legacy Medical Health, with support from Adventist Health, Providence Health & Services and Clackamas County Public Health.

Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver that is contagious. It is spread from person to person, often by inadequate hand washing after using the toilet or changing diapers, or eating food prepared by an infected person.

Typical symptoms include fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). Some infections may be mild but it can develop into severe liver disease. Symptoms usually develop 3-4 weeks after exposure but it may be up to 50 days.

For more information, go to the Clackamas County Public Health Division web page at: http://www.clackamas.us/publichealth/