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Possible Hep A exposure from Costco organic berries...WTD?

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I just read this article http://www.9news.com/news/article/339142/188/Hepatitis-A-outbreak-linked-to-Costco-berries saying that a bunch of people have been getting sick from organic frozen mixed berries from Costco.  I've had smoothies every day this week with these berries!  I'm a little freaked out and the article says if you've eaten them within the last 14 days, you should get the Hep A vaccine to prevent getting sick from it.  I'm not a huge doctor or vaccine fan.  Do you think it's worth it to get the vaccine?  Is there a decent chance I'll become sick from the berries?  Also, my boyfriend had some too (just a tiny bit) and he doesn't have insurance--think he should spring for the vaccine?  

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I don't know much about hep A but a quick google search turns up info saying most adults don't get symptoms of it, some get mild symptoms. It suggests not drinking alcohol for a while if you think you've been exposed to it since that's hard on your liver. I'd just take care of myself and skip the vaccine. Possibly the people who have a hard time with it (get sick beyond "mild flu-like symptoms") aren't in the best health or have liver problems. 

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Would the vaccine even prevent you from getting it post-exposure? I know when newborns are exposed to Hep B, they are given hep b immune globulin (HBIG) (and the vax, because they will clearly be around a positive individual).
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Would the vaccine even prevent you from getting it post-exposure? I know when newborns are exposed to Hep B, they are given hep b immune globulin (HBIG) (and the vax, because they will clearly be around a positive individual).

The article says that it can prevent symptoms from showing up if you get it within 14 days--sounds like symptoms take awhile to show up.  

 

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I don't know much about hep A but a quick google search turns up info saying most adults don't get symptoms of it, some get mild symptoms. It suggests not drinking alcohol for a while if you think you've been exposed to it since that's hard on your liver. I'd just take care of myself and skip the vaccine. Possibly the people who have a hard time with it (get sick beyond "mild flu-like symptoms") aren't in the best health or have liver problems. 

Thank you--this is exactly what I was looking for!  I am in pretty good health and don't drink much, so I think I'll skip the vaccine.  I'm glad my kids didn't have any of the berries!

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Yes, it worth getting a vaccines. Hep A is quiet common and it is not the last time you will be exposed.  I had Hep A and B vaccines. I felt nothing. If there was Hep C vaccine, I would get it tomorrow.

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That's a little scary that you can get Hep-A from eating organic berries......

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That's a little scary that you can get Hep-A from eating organic berries......

It follows a fecal-oral transmission route, so raw foods like salads and fruit that have been handled by workers with poor hand washing are a common method of transmission.
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