Number of Hep A cases on decline in Kanawha County

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Hepatitis A cases are on the decline in Kanawha County.  This, according to Health Department spokesperson, John Law. 

Law said, at its peak, 60 cases a week were reported.  Today, they’re seeing about 15 a month.  

That is still high based on the fact that the baseline was at one point, zero.  This trend does not mean that you should skip the vaccination though, he said.

“What a decline means is that right now, it’s on a decline.  We could see those numbers shoot up again.  We’re watching them closely.  That’s just where we are at this point in time.”

Law added that this time of year is the perfect time for another vaccination, too.  “Get your flu vaccination,” he said.  “It’s the best way to prevent the flu.  80,000 people died from the flu last year.”

To learn more about Hepatitis A and the flu and the vaccinations for both, click here.

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