Free Hepatitis A vaccination clinic to be held Thursday

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The first of several free vaccination clinics will take place Thursday to combat an outbreak of Hepatitis A that has killed 16 people in San Diego County.

The clinics are being offered as part of a new effort launched Monday by San Diego city and county officials to stop the spread of Hepatitis A by urging at-risk San Diegans to get vaccinated for the virus, and healthy individuals to combat the spread through proper hand-washing.

People considered at risk include homeless individuals, illicit drug users and professionals who frequently interact with at-risk people, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).

The vaccines will be administered to at-risk individuals Thursday by nurses at Golden Hall at 202 C Street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other clinics will be administered by the city and the county through December:

•    Tuesday, Sept. 19 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.
•    Wednesday, Sept. 20 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.
•    Monday, Sept. 25 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Logan Heights Branch Library, 567 S. 28th St.
•    Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Noon to 2 p.m. – Skyline Hills Library, 7900 Paradise Valley Rd.
•    Friday, Sept. 29 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St.
•    Monday, Oct. 9 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Logan Heights Branch Library, 567 S. 28th St.
•    Tuesday, Oct. 17 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.
•    Friday, Oct. 20 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library, 5148 Market St.
•    Tuesday, Nov. 21 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.
•    Tuesday, Dec. 19 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.

Health officials have not yet recommended a universal vaccine, but people who are not considered at-risk are encouraged to properly wash their hands to combat the spread of the virus.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that can lead to liver disease. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools and diarrhea.

About 65 percent of San Diegans affected by Hepatitis A have been homeless, according to HHSA. More than 450 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in San Diego County since the outbreak was discovered in March.

For more information on upcoming clinics, residents are asked to call 2-1-1 or go to 211SanDiego.org

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