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Health Department Encourages Hepititis A Vaccine Amidst Outbreak

Hepititis A Is A Serious and Easily Transferable Liver Disease

Posted by Owosso Now at 12:24pm 5/27/18

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The Shiawassee County Health Department says two key actions can help protect against Hepititis A, a serious liver disease that can affect anyone.



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The first is wash your hands -- well!  Spend 20 full seconds with soap and warm water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper and before eating or preparing food.  The department notes that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective against the Hepititis A virus.  

The second is get vaccinated.  The best way to protect against Hepititis A, the agency says, is to get the Hepititis A vaccine.

Hepititis A is easily passed from person to person and anyone can get Hepititis A.

An Hepititis A outbreak began in 2016 and has claimed 27 lives since.  8 cases have been reported in Shiawassee County, including at least one within the past 100 days, according to data provided by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.

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