Local health departments offering free or low-cost Hepatitis A vaccine

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Local health departments will be holding vaccine clinics on Monday in honor of Hepatitis Awareness Month.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District says its departments will be offering hepatitis A vaccines for free or low cost between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The vaccine will be available for people over the age of 18 on a walk-in basis.

There will also be free hepatitis B or C, and other sexually transmitted infections, testing available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

The clinics will be held at the Charlottesville/Albemarle, Louisa County, Fluvanna County, Nelson County, and Greene County health departments.

Hepatitis A, B. and C are the most common types of viral hepatitis in the country.

The TJHD says hepatitis A is a highly contagious version of the disease that attacks the liver and cases of it in Virginia have more than doubled for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2018.

Both hepatitis A and B are prevented by receiving a vaccine.

People seeking more information are urged to call their local health department.

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