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THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS WORKING TO GET MORE PEOPLE VACCINATED AGAINST HEPATITIS A. 
 
ILLINOIS HASN’T HAD ANY OUTBREAKS YET…BUT OTHER STATES ARE REPORTING AN INCREASE IN HEPATITIS A CASES. HEP-A IS AN INFECTION THAT CAN DAMAGE THE LIVER AND IS SPREAD THROUGH FOOD, WATER, DRUG USE AND SEX. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR DR. NIRAV SHAH SAYS THEY’RE SENDING PLENTY OF VACCINE TO ALMOST TWO DOZEN LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO HELP IMMUNIZE THOSE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT.
 

 

 
THE LOCAL DEPARTMENTS WILL THEN OFFER THE SHOT FOR FREE OR AT A REDUCED COST. SHAH SAYS HEP-A IS A SERIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN BE PAINFUL AND CAUSE LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES.

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