The Hepatitis Program provides free testing and vaccination clinics for people who are uninsured, under-insured, or Medicaid recipients.
What is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis means inflammation (itis) of the liver (hepa) This inflammation can be caused by viruses, drugs, alcohol, toxins, and certain medications.
At this time, there are six known viruses that cause hepatitis and liver damage: A, B, C, D, E and G. These viruses, which may all cause very similar symptoms, are very different. They differ in how they are transmitted and treated, as well as how severely and persistently they may impact the body. Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common hepatitis viruses.
The Immunizations Program offers vaccination clinics for people who are uninsured, under-insured or Medicaid recipients. All recommended childhood and adult immunizations are provided to qualifying children and adults, including Hepatitis A and B. The cost is $10 per visit. Call (512) 972-5520 to make an appointment.
Perinatal Hepatitis B Program
By state law, Hepatitis B is a reportable disease. Pregnant women must be tested for the virus at their first prenatal visit and at delivery. The Perinatal Hepatitis B Program provides Hepatitis B vaccine and blood tests for infants born to mothers who carry the virus. Blood testing and Hepatitis B vaccines for susceptible sexual and non-sexual household contacts of pregnant women who have the virus are also provided. For more information, call (512) 972-5218.
Hepatitis C Prevention
The Hepatitis C infection is the most common chronic blood-borne viral infection in the U.S. It is four times more prevalent than the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Free Hepatitis C testing and counseling for those at risk is provided. Call (512) 972-5580 for an appointment.
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