© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Health

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Eaton County Prompts More Vaccination Clinic Hours

Needle
redorbit.com
/

Health workers are adding clinic hours to vaccinate Eaton county residents after an outbreak of Hepatitis A. 

Barry-Eaton Dist. Health Dept. in Charlotte Walk-in Hepatitis A Vaccinations: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm

According to the Barry-Eaton District Health Department, four people have contracted Hepatitis A since December of 2017 and one of those patients died. 

Between August 2016 and January 31, 2018, more than 700 Michiganders have contracted the illness. 24 deaths have been reported.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is vaccine-preventable. It can spread easily among people who live together and sexual partners.

Symptoms include fatigue, stomach pain, jaundice (yellowish) skin, dark urine and pale stool.  However, some patients do not exhibit symptoms. 

Because of the outbreak in Eaton county, the health department added vaccination clinic hours. Appointments for vaccinations are not required.  

August 2016-January 31, 2018: More than 700 Michiganders have contracted Hepatitis A. 24 deaths have been reported.

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department will offer walk-in Hepatitis A vaccinations at its Charlotte office on Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The office is located at 1033 Health Care Drive. 

There is also an after-hour clinic for vaccinations on Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m.

News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.