Hepatitis A vaccines available at Legacy Medical Group?s Firwood clinic in Sandy this week

From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Public Health, in partnership with Adventist Health, Providence Health & Services and Legacy Medical Group, will offer a vaccine clinic for those who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A recently at a Sandy theater. No one will be turned away for their inability to pay.

The vaccine is only recommended for people who attended the Sandy Cinema, at 16605 Champion Way in Sandy, and ate or drank from the concession stand during these specific dates and times:

  • Feb. 12: 11 a.m. to closing
  • Feb. 13: 6 p.m. to closing
  • Feb. 14: 2 p.m. to closing
  • Feb. 15: 1:30 p.m. to closing

The clinic will be held at the Legacy Medical Group-Firwood Clinic, located at 36860 Industrial Way in Sandy, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23, 24 and 25. People are requested to not arrive prior to 6:30 p.m. to allow the clinic to continue to operate normal business hours. Persons may park in the clinic parking lot or utilize street parking on Industrial Way. It is also recommended that those who are on Medicaid should bring their insurance information to this event.

Media staging will take place across the street from the clinic in the parking lot of Grocery Outlet at 36701 US-26 in Sandy. There will be signage directing parking. Public Information Officers from participating organizations will be available to assist with media access.

If you are unable to go to the clinic, you can check locations with reported availability of Hepatitis A vaccines as of Feb. 20. The medication is not effective once two weeks have passed from the date of exposure.

Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver that is contagious. It is spread from person to person, often by inadequate hand-washing after using the toilet or changing diapers, or eating food prepared by an infected person.

Typical symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). Some infections may be mild but it can develop into severe liver disease.

Symptoms usually develop 3-4 weeks after exposure but it may be up to 50 days.

For more information, go to the Clackamas County Public Health Division web page at http://www.clackamas.us/publichealth/hepa.html.