The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is urging county residents who are in at-risk populations for Hepatitis-A to get vaccinated because of the possibility of a statewide outbreak.
State officials say in the last two years, around 400 cases of Hepatitis A diagnosed in Missouri.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering a no-cost vaccine for qualifying residents:
- Are uninsured or under-insured (have insurance that does not cover vaccines)
- Use recreational drugs;
- Are experiencing homelessness;
- Are men who have sex with men;
- Are in treatment or counseling for substance abuse;
- Are receiving drug substitution treatment and/or participate in drug court;
- Work or have been detained in jail or a detention center; or
- Have close contact with the above group(s) or a confirmed hepatitis A case
Walk-in vaccines are available Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harold K. Bengsch Building, 227 East Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. A release from the health department says funding for no-cost vaccines for uninsured or underinsured will last through September 15.
Appointments can be set by calling 417-864-1658. More information is available on the Health Department website.