The Public Health Branch of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency is working closely with a local restaurant and school that served a frozen strawberry product that was recently recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. Bella Vista Elementary School had received the product from its vendor and used it in smoothies at breakfast on Tuesday, October 25.

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Also, Vittles Restaurant in Anderson received some of the recalled frozen strawberries from its vendor and may have used some in products with strawberry syrup or topping between Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 28. Once notified about the recall, remaining stock was disposed of by the school and restaurant.

Those who may have consumed these frozen strawberries from any of the above products, should contact their medical provider immediately to find out if they have received the Hepatitis A immunization. IF THEY HAVE NOT, those who have been exposed need to be vaccinated within two weeks of the exposure date. That means, students should receive the vaccination on or before Monday, November 7 to protect against illness.

Restaurant customers should be vaccinated no later than 2 weeks from when they ate the menu items. If the date the customers ate the items is greater than 2 weeks, they should contact their health provider and watch for signs and symptoms, such as: Fever, fatigue, jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort and dark urine. Some people have no symptoms.

The public health clinic at 2650 Breslauer Way in Redding is offering free Hepatitis A vaccinations to those who may have been exposed through November 10. Clinic times can be found here or you can call (530) 225-5591.

Almost all people who get Hepatitis A recover completely.

Hepatitis A has been recommended as a routine childhood vaccination since 1999, so children current on their Hepatitis A immunizations should be protected, as are those who have had Hepatitis A before.