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Hepatitis A vaccine recommended for anyone who has consumed Western Family Pomeberry Blend frozen fruit in past 14 days

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April 12, 2012

Fraser Health is offering a free dose of hepatitis A vaccine for people who have in the past 14 days consumed Pomeberry Blend frozen fruit manufactured by Western Family and have not previously received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or had hepatitis A disease.  The vaccine is ineffective if more than 14 days has passed since you consumed the product and you do not need vaccine. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume Western Family brand Pomeberry Blend frozen fruit, which has been sold in 600g packages at Save-On-Foods, Price Smart and affiliated Overwaitea stores. The affected product may contain Hepatitis A virus.

Only the Western Family Pomeberry Blend is affected.  No other pomegranate, berry or other fruit products or brands including juices are currently of concern.

If you believe you need a free dose of the hepatitis A vaccine, call your local health unit during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Fraser Health will be holding weekend health clinics on April 14 and 15.  The time and location of the weekend health clinics will be posted on the Fraser Health website on Friday at: http://www.fraserhealth.ca/hepatitisA.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a preventable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus, which can last from a few weeks to several months. It does not lead to chronic infection.  After the hepatitis A virus enters your body, it can take from 15 to 50 days before you feel sick. The symptoms can be so mild that people may not be aware they have been infected with hepatitis A.

Other people get sick with some of the following symptoms: loss of appetite; fever; dark urine; a tired feeling (like you have the flu); vomiting; clay-coloured bowel movements; a sore feeling in the upper-right stomach area; yellowing of the skin and eyeballs (jaundice). Symptoms can last from one to two weeks to several months. Most people recover completely and then are immune to re-infection.

If you have consumed the Western Family brand Pomeberry Blend frozen fruit in the past 14 days and have symptoms compatible with hepatitis A infection, please contact your family physician or call the 24-hour HealthLink BC line at 8-1-1.

For more information about hepatitis A: http://www.bccdc.ca/dis-cond/a-z/_h/HepatitisA/default.htm

For more information about hepatitis A vaccine: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile33.stm

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