IN THE NEWS:
Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A
The Department of Health is investigating cases of hepatitis A in Hawaii, linked to consumption of a Townsend
Farms frozen berry blend product implicated in a multistate outbreak. The product was sold at Costco stores and has
been voluntarily recalled. The public is advised to discard or return any remaining Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant
Blend, and to seek medical attention should they develop symptoms of hepatitis A.
Frequently Asked Questions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
DOH hepatitis A fact sheet:
List of pharmacies that provide hepatitis A vaccine:
Recommended vaccines protect you and your loved ones from many different diseases including whooping cough, measles,
hepatitis B, chickenpox, and influenza. Many of these illnesses are commonly thought of as childhood diseases, but may also
occur in adolescent or adult years.
For more information about immunizations, talk to your doctor or call the Department of Health Immunization Branch at
586-8300. Calls from the neighbor islands are toll-free at 1-800-933-4832.
Free or low cost vaccinations are available for persons without health insurance. Talk to your doctor or call 2-1-1 for
a clinic in your neighborhood.
Childhood Immunization Champion Award
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award that recognizes
individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization.
Each year, a CDC Immunization Champion is selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
2013 Childhood Immunization Champion
Maricel Abad, R.N.