Monroe County Hepatitis A case sending people to health department for vaccine

MONROE, Mich. (13abc Action News) - Anyone who ate or drank anything from the Tim Horton's at 404 South Monroe Street in Monroe County needs to check with their doctor about getting a Hepatitis A vaccine.

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The Monroe County Health Department confirms that a worker at that location tested positive for the virus. So if you consumed anything from that location of Tim Horton's between November 21st and December 8th, a vaccine is recommended.

Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver, and in most people who are otherwise healthy it may not get that serious.

Kim Comerzan is the Monroe County Health Department Director and says "It's a mild illness, a person may feel kinda clunky for a week or so, they have some diarrhea and vomiting and just feel fatigued. Other people can be really ill."

However people with chronic health issues can get a lot harder from the virus and can end up hospitalized with supportive care. The vaccine for Hepatitis A is given in two doses that are 6-months apart. It only needs to be given once.

The Monroe County Health Department is holding vaccine clinics during normal business hours. That is Wednesday from 10:00am to 6:30pm, closed for lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed for lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

For more information visit: http://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/departments/health_department/index.php