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Hepatitis A Vaccine
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Manatee County health officials announced Wednesday of a hepatitis A case in a food service worker at the Ugly Grouper restaurant located at 5704 Marina Drive  in Holmes Beach.

The Manatee County Health Department (CHD) advises if you frequented this restaurant prior to June 22 and have not previously been vaccinated for Hepatitis A, you should consider being vaccinated at your local county health department or primary care physician’s office.

There will also be two FREE Hepatitis A vaccination events:

  • Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach
    • July 5 – 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Manatee County Health Department, 410 6th Avenue East in Bradenton
    • July 6 – 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In addition, Manatee CHD is offering the vaccine at their main office – 410 6th Avenue East in Bradenton – from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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You will receive the first dose of the vaccine, with a second dose being administered six months later. If you have previously received the Hepatitis A vaccine, you do not need to take additional action.

Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Patrons should monitor for symptoms of Hepatitis A infection which include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever diarrhea, pale white stools and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.

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A hotline has been set up for people who have questions about Hepatitis A. The number to call is 941-708-5951, and will be active starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 5.

Florida reports 90 additional hepatitis A cases last week