Hawaii doctors flooded with calls amid Hepatitis A outbreak

Hawaii doctors flooded with calls amid Hepatitis A outbreak

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Since the outbreak of Hepatitis A in Hawaii, doctors' offices have been getting flooded with calls regarding vaccination shots.

There are 52 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A on Oahu with no word on the source of the outbreak.

Health officials say one of those affected by the outbreak is a Waikele Baskins-Robbins employee.

The vaccination has only been available since 1995 and only recommended since 2006. However, it is not required.

Anyone born before those dates is urged to contact your physician.

"Fortunately most of our kids have been immunized against hepatitis A. It's one of the routine vaccines that we have give at one years of age, so we haven't had too many kids come in specifically for the shot," said Dr. Kristyn Nishimoto, a pediatrician at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

Hepatitis A is spread through fecal matter that gets into food or drink.

Someone can have the virus for as long as a month or two before showing any symptoms.

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