In light of a Hepatitis A oubreak effecting several states, including Indiana, the Vigo County Health Department urges vaccinations for those who have close contact with an infected person.
The Hepatitis must be a physician or laboratory confirmed case of Hepatitis A. Close contact includes living in the same household, sexual contact and/or sharing needles.
According to the Health Department Hepatitis A is usually spread person-to-person when someone accidentally consumes stool (poop) of someone with hepatitis A or by consuming food or water contaminated with the virus.
During the current outbreak, the hepatitis A virus has been spread person-to-person; no contaminated food or water has been identified.
To schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, contact the Vigo County Health Department at (812) 462-3431.
Individuals with a higher risk for Hepatitis A include:
Men who have sex with men
Injection drug use