Hepatitis A Update

An Important Health Message

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  1. Patients Who May Have Been Recently Exposed to HepA
  2. Patients Who Need Their 2nd HepA Shot
  3. FAQs About HepA

 

For Patients Who May Have Been Recently Exposed to HepA

If you have not completed a Hepatitis A vaccine series and have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus from eating contaminated food or coming in close contact with someone who has Hepatitis A, the CDC recommends that you get the vaccination within 14 days of exposure.

If your child has been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, and has not been vaccinated, and is younger than 19 years of age, please contact your child’s primary care physician to schedule an appointment.

We are offering the Hepatitis A vaccines for adult patients, 19 years of age or older at any one of our convenient neighborhood locations by appointment. You can call our contact center at 522-4777.

  • Straub King Street
  • Hawaii Kai
  • Kaneohe
  • Kailua
  • Mililani
  • Pearlridge
  • Doctors on Call at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
  • Doctors on Call at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Hotel

Vaccines are available at our Urgent Care Clinic locations at Mililani, Hawaii Kai, King Street and Doctors on Call at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

If you have completed the two shot series of Hepatitis A vaccinations, you will not have to get another Hepatitis A shot.

If you received your first dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine we encourage you to schedule an appointment for your second shot. Your second shot should be given at least 6 months from the first vaccination.

 

For Patients Who Need to Complete Their 2nd HepA Shot

If you received your first dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine during the outbreak last summer it will soon be time for your final dose. For patients 19 years of age and older, call 522-4777 to schedule at a convenient neighborhood location during our upcoming shot clinics June 19 - 24. Vaccines are available at Straub King Street, Hawaii Kai, Kaneohe, Kailua, Mililani and Pearlridge.

 

Our hours are:

 

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

We recommend you contact your insurance provider to see if the Hepatitis A vaccine is covered under your health plan. If you have previously completed a Hepatitis A vaccine series, you do not need to get another vaccine. 

 

Vaccines will be available at the following Straub locations:

Straub Medical Center - King Street
888 South King Street
Strode Building 1st Floor

Straub Hawaii Kai 
Koko Marina Shopping Center
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy

Straub Mililani 
The Town Center of Mililani
95-1249 Meheula Parkway

Straub Kailua
602 Kailua Road
2nd Floor

Straub Pearlridge
98-151 Pali Momi Street
Suite 142

Straub Kaneohe
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy
Windward Mall 

Please bring the following with you to our walk-in clinic:

  • Health plan membership card
  • Driver’s license, state I.D., or a valid photo I.D.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Hepatitis A

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The disease can range from a mild illness lasting one to two weeks to a severe illness lasting for several months. HAV is found in the stool of people with hepatitis A infection and is usually spread by eating contaminated food or drinking water and can be spread through close personal/sexual contact. A person who has hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household.

Do I need the vaccine?

The vaccine is helpful in reducing the chance of developing hepatitis A if given within 14 days of exposure.

Anyone who may have been exposed should watch for early signs and symptoms of hepatitis A for a period of two months following initial exposure. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache and/or body ache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)

If anyone is experiencing these symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention.

In general, vaccination is strongly recommended for certain individuals who are especially at risk. See the list of groups recommended to be vaccinated for hepatitis A by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have already been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have had hepatitis A disease in the past, you should be protected and do not require a booster for protection.

While vaccination provides the best protection, frequent handwashing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A. Appropriately cooking and preparing foods can also help prevent infection.


Does my insurance cover the cost of the vaccine?

Contact your insurance provider to determine if the vaccine is covered by your insurance plan.

Do I need a prescription to get the vaccine?

Having a doctor’s prescription is a good idea as it will decrease any out-of-pocket costs that may be incurred. Contact your insurance provider to determine if the vaccine is covered by your insurance plan and/or if you will have any out-of-pocket costs based on your plan coverage.

Where can I get the vaccine?

Visit the Hawaii Department of Health website for a list of pharmacies that provide the hepatitis A vaccine, or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 211.

Where can I find additional information?

Additional information and resources about the past hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii are available on the Hawaii Department of Health website.