WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is encouraging unvaccinated Hawaii residents to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine after imported frozen raw tuna (Ahi) cubes distributed on Oahu tested positive for the virus. Longs Drugs stores and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Hawaii currently have vaccines available and are able to administer the immunization to patients to protect against Hepatitis A.
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from Hepatitis A and Longs Drugs and MinuteClinic are offering the Hepatitis A vaccine at locations across the state. There are 70 Longs Drugs locations in Hawaii, as well as nine MinuteClinic locations.
"Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent the spread of serious illness, like Hepatitis A," said Dr. Tobias Barker, Chief Medical Officer of MinuteClinic. "Our Longs Drugs pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are able to provide vaccinations to Hawaiians who may have been exposed to the virus. They can also help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future."
Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. People who have had Hepatitis A disease or previously received two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine do not need to be immunized for Hepatitis A again. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection usually appear two to six weeks after exposure and include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes.
Longs Drugs pharmacists can provide the Hepatitis A vaccine to people ages 18 and up. At MinuteClinic, the Hepatitis A vaccine can be provided to children 24 months and older and to adults. It is administered in one primary dose and a second booster dose, usually administered 6 months later. Vaccine supplies will be replenished at these locations as needed. Patients should check with their insurance plans for coverage details prior to their Longs Drugs or MinuteClinic visit.
While vaccination provides the best protection from Hepatitis A, frequent hand-washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, and before preparing food can help prevent the spread of the illness. Appropriately cooking foods can also help to prevent infection.
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