Protect Yourself from Hepatitis A!

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.

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Alert Regarding Hepatitis A

There has been a recent increase in the number of Hepatitis A (HAV) cases reported in the state of Georgia.  HAV is a highly contagious disease that affects the liver, and a person may have HAV several days before showing  any signs and symptoms.  Food service operators are asked to please ensure good hygienic practices are adhered to and that all workers are aware of employee health reporting requirements.   

The Hepatitis A fact sheet prepared by the Georgia Department of Public Health provides a good summary that may be utilized in food service establishments to assist with the education of staff members and to assist in monitoring.

Frozen Strawberry Recall Affects Georgia Restaurants

ALERT: Frozen Strawberries Recalled Due to Hepatitis A
 
Frozen strawberries have been recalled by the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP).  The recall is due to possible contamination with Hepatitis A.  These strawberries have been distributed since the beginning of the year and quite a few food service facilities in the Atlanta Metro area have received them.
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