Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department works to protect community from Hepatitis A

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP)- On Tuesday, the health department will provide free vaccine to high risk people at the Latrobe Street Mission.

This initiative comes after over 2,000 cases were reported in West Virginia, 12 of which resulting in death.

They say that drug users, those without homes, and those who are physical caretakers of others are some of the highest at risk.

“If somebody is high risk, we do have free vaccine. But we can also give vaccine through insurance or they can go to their local provider or they can go to any of the pharmacies, they all have the vaccine available but it’s worth getting,” says Rebecca Eaton, Director of human services and Women’s health practitioner for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

The health department will be doing more events to help protect the public from the disease.

They are also holding a Hepatitis A town hall at South Parkersburg Baptist Church on Thursday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to discuss risk factors, and ways to stop the spread of the disease.

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