The ongoing hepatitis A outbreak has been declared a local health emergency by San Diego County public health officials.
According to the San Diego County Health and Human Services, the following people are at risk populations that should consider getting hepatitis A vaccine: • Travelers to countries with high or medium rates of hepatitis A. • Men who have sex with men. • Users of injection and non-injection illegal drugs. • Individuals with chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. • Persons with clotting factor disorders. • Individuals who are homeless. • Individuals who work with homeless and/or users of illegal drugs. • Food handlers
If you are part of an at-risk group, or if you have close contact with people in at-risk groups, ask your Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG) doctor for a prescription for hepatitis A vaccine — most people should have no copay for the vaccine but you can check with your health plan to make sure. SCMG members can receive the hepatitis A vaccination with a prescription at these vaccine locations. As with all vaccines, it is best to call the pharmacy first to make sure it is in stock.
Hepatitis A is most commonly spread from person to person through the fecal-oral route. Symptoms can include: fever, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes, stomach pain, dark urine, pale stools and diarrhea.
For more information and status updates on the outbreak, visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency website.