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States that have historically had high rates of hepatitis A have been vaccinating longer and have also been providing catch-up vaccines for kids up to age 18. To date in this outbreak, none of the children who became ill had been vaccinated.
Dr. B’s Bottom Line
On the policy front, we need to implement all the food protection measures Congress passed into law more than two years ago. These cost money, but if we want a safer food supply, we will have to pay for it.
On the prevention front, here’s what you should do:
•Check your freezer to make sure you don’t have any of the implicated frozen berries in there — hepatitis A survives freezing quite nicely;
•If you find one of the dangerous batches, throw it out;
•And think about getting the Hepatitis A vaccine, it works for all ages.
Hepatitis A is rampant in many parts of the world, so if you travel, the vaccine will provide protection. But as this outbreak shows, you don’t need to leave your home to get exposed to viruses from other parts of the world. Who knows what the next culprit will be?