LA County Offers Free Hepatitis A Vaccines After Outbreak

The disease was linked to a fruit mix sold at Costco.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was offering free hepatitis A vaccinations at clinics throughout the county after a multi-state outbreak of the disease was linked to a fruit mix sold at a popular store.

The vaccines will be offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, according to a county statement.

At least six of 30 cases of the liver disease were in California — one each in Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Humboldt counties, and two in San Bernardino County.

The virus was believed to be linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend. Costco has removed the product from its shelves, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The department has recommended anyone with the product at their home should throw it away. Anyone who has consumed the fruit mix in the last 14 days should contact their doctor, said the agency's director, Dr. Ron Chapman.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice. Symptoms develop two to six weeks after consuming contaminated food or drink, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The potentially severe illness can last up to several months and can require hospitalization.

Clinics where the vaccine can be obtained are listed below:

Antelope Valley Public Health Center
335-B East Ave. K-6, Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 723-4526

Curtis-Tucker Public Health Center
123 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood,
CA 90301, (310) 419-5325

Hollywood/Wilshire Public Health Center
5205 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 769-7800

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for
Public Health
11833 S. Wilmington Ave., Los Angeles,
CA 90059, (323) 568-8100

Monrovia Public Health Center
330 W. Maple Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 256-1600

North Hollywood Health Center
5300 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood,
CA 91601, (818) 766-3982

Whittier Public Health Center
7643 South Painter Ave., Whittier,
CA 90602, (562) 464-5350

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