The Georgia Department of Public Health continues to encourage food service workers to get vaccinated against hepatitis A. Hepatitis A (HAV) is very contagious and about 70% of the cases that have been identified in Georgia over the past year were hospitalized. This alert is especially important to those in our health district since more than half of the identified cases were in north and northwest Georgia.
The best way to protect yourself– and others–is to get vaccinated and practice good personal hygiene. Cobb & Douglas Public Health is committed to assisting with the vaccination effort. The HAV vaccine is available at our clinics. If the food worker has insurance, the insurance company will be billed for the administration of the vaccine, unless paid for otherwise. An administration fee of $21.90 is requested from the uninsured patient receiving the state-supplied vaccine, however, no one will be refused care due to inability to pay.
If you have questions regarding the HAV disease, please call our Epidemiology & Health Assessment team at 770-514-2432. For answers to questions regarding hepatitis A immunizations, please call 770-514-2349. Please review the Hepatitis A fact sheet for more information.