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Are you at risk for Hepatitis A?

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About the Hepatitis A Outbreak

In August 2016, a hepatitis A outbreak began in southeast Michigan. Since then, the outbreak has grown to other parts of the state. In December 2017, Eaton County had its first case of hepatitis A that was linked to the outbreak. In January 2018, Eaton County officially became part of the statewide outbreak. Since December 2017, Eaton County has had 5 cases of hepatitis A linked to the Michigan outbreak with one death. Barry County has not yet had any cases linked to the outbreak.

    For more information on the statewide outbreak, see the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' outbreak page.

    About Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease. It can be prevented by vaccination. Hepatitis A is often spread by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with infected feces or by touching contaminated objects with your mouth. Hepatitis A can spread easily among people who live together and among sexual partners.

    Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. People can die from hepatitis A. Illness generally occurs two to six weeks after being exposed to the virus. Symptoms include feeling tired, stomach pain, yellow skin (jaundice), dark urine, and pale stool. Some people have no symptoms.

    Groups of people that are at especially high risk for hepatitis A include:

    • People who use illegal drugs
    • People who are homeless or move around a lot
    • People who are or were recently in jail or prison
    • Men who have sex with men
    • People with chronic liver disease

    For more information about hepatitis A, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage.

    What You Can Do

    The best ways to prevent getting or spreading hepatitis A are to get vaccinated and to wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating, preparing food, or touching your mouth.

    People who think they have been exposed to hepatitis A or who have symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately. 

    Hepatitis A Vaccination and Clinics

    Everyone can get vaccinated against hepatitis A. The hepatitis A vaccine was recommended for all children starting in 2006, so many young adults and kids might be vaccinated, but many adults are not.

    The hepatitis A vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for the disease. Groups of people at high risk include:

    • People who use illegal drugs
    • People who are homeless or move around a lot
    • People who are or were recently in jail or prison
    • Men who have sex with men
    • People with chronic liver disease

    Vaccination at BEDHD

    BEDHD’s Charlotte office offers walk-in hepatitis A vaccinations Monday through Friday, 8am–5pm, and Wednesday from 5–6pm. For more information, call (517) 541-2630. To get vaccinated at BEDHD's Hastings office, please call (269) 798-4133 for an appointment. 

    Anyone who wants to be vaccinated against hepatitis A can get vaccinated at BEDHD. Most private insurance is accepted. Individuals in one of the high-risk groups listed above are eligible for a free or low-cost vaccine.

    BEDHD Off-Site Vaccination Clinics

    BEDHD hosts off-site hepatitis A vaccination clinics on occasion. Individuals in one of the high-risk groups listed above can come to a clinic for a free or low-cost vaccine.

    Upcoming Clinics:

    • June 4th @ 2-4pm at Eaton Rapids Medical Center -  1500 S. Main St.,  Eaton Rapids MI 48827, enter through the Emergency Department - flyer
    • June 14th @ 10am-noon at Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center, Food Distribution - 135 Washington St, Charlotte, MI 48813

    BEDHD Public Information and Publications


    Flyer with clinic information 

    Hepatitis A brochure 

    Flyer with clinic information  - Eaton

    Flyer with clinic information - Barry

    Hand washing flyer


    Vaccine cost information


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