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Hepatitis Is On The Rise

Florida Department of Health in Pasco County

Be Tested, Be Vaccinated, Be Treated! 

The Department of Health in Pasco County is encouraging residents to know your status and to protect yourself from hepatitis. The rates of hepatitis are on the rise among men and women in Pasco County.

If you or someone you know would like to be tested or vaccinated for hepatitis please call (727) 619–0400 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome!

We have three clinics conveniently located within Pasco County.

New Port Richey

10841 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm (Except Holidays)

Wesley Chapel

33845 FL-54
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm (Except Holidays)

Dade City

13941 15th Street
Dade City, FL 33525
Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm (Except Holidays)

 

Hepatitis A and B Vaccine Schedule

  • Hepatitis A vaccination = 2 doses (2nd dose administered 6 – 12 months apart)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination = 3 doses (2nd dose administered 1 month after first, and 3rd dose given 6 months after first)

Please note there is currently no vaccine available for Hepatitis C.

 

Know the symptoms of Hepatitis

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Dark urine
  • Light stool
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anorexia

How is Hepatitis A spread?

  • Eating contaminated food prepared by an infected person who did not wash their hands properly
  • Eating contaminated shellfish
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Anal/oral sexual practices

How is Hepatitis B spread?

  • Unprotected sexual contact with an infected person
  • Contact with contaminated needles
    • Injection drug equipment
    • Tattoo and body piercing equipment, razors, and toothbrushes that are contaminated with infected blood
  • An infected mother to her infant during delivery
  • Household contact with an infected person
  • Occupational exposure through accidental needle stick

How is Hepatitis C spread?

  • Sharing injection drug equipment
  • Blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
  • Receiving clotting factor concentrates before 1987
  • An infected mother to her infant during delivery
  • Occupational exposure through needle stick
  • Sexual contact (rarely)