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Information About Hepatitis A From Our Pediatrics Department

Hepatitis A

A message from our Pediatrics Department

As many of you are aware, there was recently a confirmed case of Hepatitis A in a staff member at Tavolo Restaurant which has sparked concerns among some of our patients.  According to WKTV, the staff member worked at the restaurant after 5:00pm on February 22, 27,28, 29, and March 6, 7, 13.

Most children have already been vaccinated for Hepatitis A.  If your child is a patient of Slocum-Dickson Pediatrics and you believe they have been exposed to Hepatitis A and are unsure if your child has been vaccinated please call our office. 

Vaccination is effective within 14 days of exposure; therefore, if exposure occurred on March 6, 7, or 13, your child may benefit from receiving the vaccine if they haven’t already.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

Yellow skin or eyes
loss of appetite
upset stomach
stomach pain
vomiting
fever
dark urine or light-colored stool
joint pain
diarrhea
fatigue

Symptoms can appear 15 to 50 days after exposure.

If your child has NOT been exposed but you would like to schedule a Hepatitis A immunization, please call our office. Please keep in mind that due to scheduling changes based on Coronavirus, we may not be able to accommodate your request immediately.

 For more information on Hepatitis A, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm#overview. For information pertaining to the case in our community, visit WKTV.com.