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Additional Hepatitis A immunization clinic set for Wednesday

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Another Hepatitis A vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Island Health sent out an alert on Friday after a cashier at the Superstore on Metral Drive in Nanaimo tested positive for the infection.

The health authority is recommending people get vaccinated if they ate raw produce or unwrapped food that was not further cooked that was purchased during the following dates and times:

• Feb 27: late afternoon and evening

• March 1: all day

• March 4: evening

Wednesday’s clinic is from 2pm – 7pm at the Nanaimo Health Unit at 1665 Grant Avenue.

So far, more than 1,800 people have been immunized.

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“We are extremely pleased with the response we have seen at clinics held earlier in the week,” says Dr. Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer for Central Vancouver Island. “We don’t see many cases of hepatitis A on the Island and we’re very appreciative that members of the public who may have been exposed are doing their part to make sure others are protected by getting vaccinated.”

There is a small chance that people who consumed raw produce or other foods that were not wrapped when purchased between February 5th and 27th may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. However, vaccinations are not being provided for those people because the time period for effective prevention has passed. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of Hepatitis A, which include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. These symptoms are followed a few days later by dark-coloured urine, light-coloured stools and jaundice (yellow eyes/skin).

Find more information on Island Health’s website.

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