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Hepatitis A in California – Old News Still Current Examples of Hepatitis A Transmission:
In 1997, Associated Press report from Los Angeles said that as many as 10,000 Los Angeles youngsters and adults may have been exposed to hepatitis A through possibly tainted berries that were also distributed to at least six other states. In 1999, Associated Press report from San Diego said that people who ate Caesar salad, watermelon, dinner salad or strawberries at Mama Stella's Italian restaurant may have been exposed to hepatitis A…


Adults should consider vaccination and talk with their physician about what is best for them and their particular situation and lifestyle. Contact your local health care agency for information on what they provide for the public. If you are privately insured, you may want to check with your insurance company to see if vaccinations are covered by medical reimbursement.

What products are available to prevent hepatitis A virus infection?

Two products are used to prevent hepatitis A virus infection:  immune globulin and hepatitis A vaccine.

  1. Immune globulin is a preparation of antibodies that can be given before exposure for short-term protection against hepatitis A and for persons who have already been exposed to hepatitis A virus.  Immune globulin must be given within 2 weeks after exposure to hepatitis A virus for maximum protection.

  2. Hepatitis A vaccine has been licensed in the United States for use in persons 2 years of age and older. The vaccine is recommended (before exposure to hepatitis A virus) for persons who are more likely to get hepatitis A virus infection or are more likely to get seriously ill if they do get hepatitis A.  The vaccines currently licensed in the United States are HAVRIX® (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) and VAQTA® (manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc).

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