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Recommended vaccines protect you and your loved ones from many different diseases including whooping cough, measles, hepatitis B, chickenpox, and influenza. Many of these illnesses are commonly thought of as childhood diseases, but may also occur in adolescent or adult years.

For more information about immunizations, talk to your doctor or call the Department of Health Immunization Branch at 586-8300. Calls from the neighbor islands are toll-free at 1-800-933-4832.

Free or low cost vaccinations are available for persons without health insurance. Talk to your doctor or call 2-1-1 for a clinic in your neighborhood.

IN THE NEWS:

The Hawaii  Department of Health is investigating a cluster of hepatitis A infections on Oahu. For more information, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/hepatitis-a-outbreak-2016/.

 

July 12, 2016

Hepatitis A Infection in Food Service Employee

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a confirmed case of Hepatitis A in a food service employee at the ice cream specialty store, Baskin-Robbins, located at the Waikele Center in Waipahu.  The department is advising persons who consumed any food or drink products from this store between June 17 and July 3, 2016 (actual dates: June 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 30, and July 1 and 3) they may have been exposed to the disease.

Unvaccinated individuals should contact their healthcare providers about the possibility of receiving hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin, which may provide some protection against the disease if administered within the first two weeks after exposure.

 

July 6, 2016

Additional Cases of Hepatitis A Under Investigation

Additional cases of hepatitis A infection have been reported to DOH, increasing the number of confirmed cases to 31.  DOH staff are conducting interviews with the newly identified cases in an effort to identify the cause of infection.

Press Release

 

July 1, 2016

Hepatitis A Outbreak on Oahu

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a cluster of at least 12 cases of hepatitis A infection in adults on Oahu; six have required hospitalization.

Press Release