Due to the growing hepatitis A outbreak and a recent partnership with the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation, Inc. (CCCCF), the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) is providing free hepatitis A vaccines at various locations throughout the community.

Adults seeking protection against hepatitis A can walk up, get vaccinated and have a bite to eat, all at no cost to them, at the following locations.

  • Friday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Homosassa Lions Club, 3705 S. Indiana Terrace in Homosassa.
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Beverly Plaza, 4069 N. Lecanto Highway in Beverly Hills.
  • Friday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 19th Hole Liquors, 3460 E. McDonald Lane in Hernando.

Citrus County is considered to be a critically impacted area with 73 cases of hepatitis A reported in 2019. Since November 2018, the health department has provided more than 1,000 no-cost vaccines to high-risk individuals.

“The health department is monitoring this outbreak very closely,” said DOH-Citrus Administrator Tito Rubio, MPH. “We are very fortunate to have community partners such as CCCCF who are committed to protecting the public,” said Rubio. “Being able to provide the hepatitis A vaccine at no cost to all in our community, whether they are at risk or not, will undoubtedly help curb this outbreak.”

DOH-Citrus recommends that if you do not fall under the high-risk group, you probably know someone who does–bring them with you to the events in October.

Florida Department of Health recommends vaccination if you:

  • Are homeless or your housing is unstable.

  • Use illicit recreational drugs—injected or not.

  • Want protection (immunity) from the virus.

  • Have adopted or care for a child who comes from a country where hepatitis A is common.

  • Are 60 or older and have a serious underlying medical condition.

  • Have chronic or long-term liver disease, including hepatitis B or C.

  • Have a clotting-factor disorder.

  • Have come into direct contact with others who have the virus.

  • Are a man who has sex with other men.

  • Have traveled to or will travel to countries where the virus is common.

Everyone plays a part in stopping the spread of hepatitis A by washing their hands and taking advantage of events like these to get vaccinated.

For more information about the hepatitis A outbreak in Florida, go to www.FloridaHealth.gov/hepA.

For more information about DOH-Citrus, go to www.CitrusCountyHealth.org or follow us on Twitter at @FLHealthCitrus.

For more information about CCCCF, go to www.ccccf.us.