Vigo County Health Department encourages Hepatits A vaccinations for at risk population

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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

  • History/current homelessness

  • Incarceration

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