Health Unit Offering Free Hep A Shots
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are offering free Hepatitis A immunizations for eligible residents of Muskoka at clinics being held in Gravenhurst and Huntsville.
The Health Unit warns that cases of Hepatitis A have been circulating in Muskoka and the best way to prevent the virus is by getting vaccinated.
Hepatitis A is highly contagious and is spread through an infected person’s stool when people don’t wash their hands properly, through contaminated food and water and through some sexual activities. People who are immunocompromised, are older, or have a pre-existing chronic liver disease are more at risk of serious illness.
The Health Unit says that the supply of the vaccine is limited. Those who are eligible must:
- be a resident of the District of Muskoka, or live within the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit region
- not have private health insurance
- have not received the vaccine in the past
The immunization clinics are being held by appointment throughout August and September. To book an appointment at the clinics, 2-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst, or 34 Chaffey St., Huntsville, call Health Connection at 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext. 8813