The Health Department in Martin County is urging good handwashing and vaccination to stop the spread of Hepatitis A in the community. The Health Department has confirmed 19 cases of Hepatitis A in Martin County and 3 deaths associated with complications from the virus.

Hepatitis A Vaccine
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In Florida, more than 1,300 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A have been reported statewide.

The Hepatitis A vaccine is available in the community via health care providers and local pharmacies. Vaccine supply is arriving daily in the county. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is offering the Hepatitis A vaccine for uninsured or underinsured adults (ages 19 and older) on a walk-in basis, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, 3441 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart. Appointments are also available by calling: 772-221-4000 and pressing option 3 for Immunizations.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease. While normally not fatal, persons with chronic disease, compromised immune systems and senior citizens are more likely to experience a severe illness, leading to liver failure and possible death.

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Anyone experiencing symptoms of Hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and testing.

The investigation into the possible modes of transmission for Hepatitis A in Martin County continues. The Health Department is utilizing local, regional and state resources in this investigation. An investigation includes interviews with confirmed cases to gather lifestyle information, including food histories, that can help to pinpoint common links.