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Owensboro Pharmacist Says Demand for Hepatitis A Vaccine Continues to Surge

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A Daviess County pharmacist says the demand for Hepatitis A vaccine continues to grow in the face of a statewide outbreak.

Jigna Wilson, with Wilson Family Pharmacy in Owensboro, says her office is keeping busy filling requests for the vaccine from doctors’ offices and customers.

Wilson’s pharmacy is offering to take the Hepatitis A vaccine to the homes of customers who aren’t able to get out.

She says that’s helpful for elderly or immobile customers who want the vaccine.

“It takes all the stress away from both ends, right? So, it takes the guess away from us whether someone is going to finish their series of Hepatitis A or not.  We can keep on top of it, you know, and they’re safe, and they’re not spreading it.”

Wilson says small, independent pharmacies can play a unique role in providing services to community members who might otherwise be overlooked.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health says there have been nearly 1,500 documented cases of Hepatitis A this year in the commonwealth.

The infectious disease has been found in at least 84 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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