Another Possible Hep A Exposure


Northeast Arkansas continues to have a hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak, and the ADH is warning of a possible hep A exposure after an employee of Subway in Trumann tested positive for the virus.

Anyone who ate at the Subway restaurant at 121 Hwy 463 North, Trumann, Ark. from Jan. 23 through Feb. 6, 2019 should seek vaccination immediately if they have never been vaccinated against hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status. There are no specific treatments once a person gets hep A. Illness can be prevented even after exposure by getting the vaccine or medicine called immune globulin, which contains antibodies to hep A. These work best to prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure to the virus. Hep A vaccination can still prevent the virus after exposure.

The ADH will host vaccine clinics February 12 and 13, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Poinsett County Health Unit-Trumann at 1204 W. Main St., Trumann, Ark. The vaccine will be provided to the public at no cost. People should bring their insurance card and driver’s license if they have one. Those who are unable to attend the clinics listed above because they are in another county may be able to visit a Local Health Unit in their county. Those visiting Local Health Units in other counties should call ahead to ensure vaccine is available. The Local Health Unit listing can be found at     MORE


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