The Florida Department of Health in Pasco and Pinellas Counties have teamed up to offer FREE  Hepatitis A vaccinations this Saturday.

ABC Action News reports that earlier this month, the Florida Surgeon General (Dr. Scott Rivkees) declared a Public Health Emergency due to the widespread increase in Hep A cases here in Florida. Cases statewide had climbed to more than 2,000 with multiple deaths in the mix.

Health officials advise that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of hepatitis. Those who are at the greatest risk, and should absolutely be vaccinated are listed below:

  • All children at age 1 year
  • People who are experiencing homelessness
  • Users of recreational drugs, whether injected or not
  • Men who have sexual encounters with other men
  • People with direct contact with others who have hepatitis A
  • Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common
  • People with chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • People with clotting-factor disorders
  • Family and caregivers of adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common

Officials say you can also be tested for HIV and Hepatitis C rapid at no charge during this vaccination event, with results within 20 minutes.

The vaccinations event will be held from 8am to 1pm at:

St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Dr., Holiday.

The FDH has several hotlines for those who may have questions or who want more information regarding Hepatitis A:

  • Pasco County: 727-619-0400
  • Pinellas County: 727-824-6932


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