Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District offers free Hepatitis A vaccines

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District (RRHD) will be holding a free Hepatitis A vaccination clinic for food handlers who live or work in Culpeper, Orange, or Madison counties.

The clinic is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the S.E.E. Recovery Center, 710 U.S. Ave. in Culpeper. No pre-registration is required. The first 100 people to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine during this clinic will receive a $10 gas card.

All ages are welcome to attend this clinic, but those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Funding for this clinic is provided by Culpeper Wellness Foundation.

RRHD encourages all food handlers to help keep themselves and our communities safe by getting a Hepatitis A vaccine.

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by a virus that is easily spread from person-to-person. One in four people with Hepatitis A do not have symptoms when they are contagious. It can cause serious illness lasting many months. In some cases, people die because of Hepatitis A.

Food workers should receive the Hepatitis A vaccine not only to protect themselves from the virus, but to protect their customers. Those who handle food in a public setting can spread Hepatitis A without knowing it if food is prepared while a person is infected. Hepatitis A is the only vaccine preventable food-borne illness.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Stomach pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

  • Dark urine, pale stools (poop), and diarrhea

For more information about Hepatitis A, visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm.

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