Pharmacists urge people to get second Hepatitis A vaccine

It’s been six months since the state Department of Health identified the source of a Hepatitis A outbreak across the islands, and if you got the Hepatitis A vaccine, it’s time to visit your doctor or pharmacist again.

Thousands of people were vaccinated during the height of that outbreak, but many may have forgotten its a two-step process. You need to go back six months later to get the second dose.

Radio ads are spreading the word and at Times Pharmacy signs are posted, reminding folks that it’s time to get the booster shot if you’ve already been vaccinated.

Times has a team of employees calling patients and scheduling appointments to avoid a rush at the pharmacy.

In August, the DOH traced the outbreak, which sickened 292 people, back to tainted scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai.

Since August, Times Pharmacy has vaccinated over 8,000 people.

Pharmacists are stressing it’s important to get the second dose as close to the six month mark as possible for it to be effective.

“It’s partial immunity after the first one,” pharmacist Richard Mejia said. “To get full coverage, we recommend you come in to get your second one. Right now, we have the manpower, we have the vaccines, so it’s best to get it done right now.”

Pharmacists encourage you to check your shot records with your doctor to determine when you need to get the second dose.

Times Pharmacy is also hosting several shot clinics across the island starting Saturday and they’ll go until the beginning of April.

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Listed below are days that the clinics will be held at Times Supermarkets around the island. They will be held between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

· Saturday, Feb. 11 – Aiea, Waimalu and Kahala

· Sunday, Feb. 12 – Kailua and Royal Kunia

· Saturday, Feb. 18 – Aiea, Waimalu and Waipahu

· Sunday, Feb. 19 – Kahala and Kaneohe

· Saturday, Feb. 25 – Aiea, Liliha and Royal Kunia

· Sunday, Feb. 26 – Kailua, Koolau and Waimalu

· Saturday, March 4 – McCully, Beretania, Honokowai and Kam Shopping Center

· Sunday, March 5 – Aiea, Kahala and Kaneohe

· Saturday, March 11 – Koolau, Liliha and Waimalu

· Sunday, March 12 – Kailua and Royal Kunia

· Saturday, March 18 – Aiea and Kahala

· Sunday, March 19 – Waimalu and Waipahu

· Saturday, March 25 – Kam Shopping Center, Kailua and Royal Kunia

· Sunday, March 26 – Aiea and Waimalu

· Saturday, April 1 – Kahala, Royal Kunia and Waimalu

· Sunday, April 2 – Aiea and Waipahu

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