Scott County Proactive with Hepatitis A Immunizations

Scott County Proactive with Hepatitis A Immunizations
Scott County, IN—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis A virus since November of 2017. On average, Indiana has approximately 20 cases of hepatitis A in a 12 month period.
Indiana is one of several states experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, with outbreak-related cases being confirmed across the state. Experts indicate that the transmission is occurring from person to person, because no contaminated commercial food product has been identified. According to the CDC, populations who are homeless, transient, incarcerated or use illicit drugs and their close direct contacts are at increased risk of exposure to hepatitis A.
The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers and before preparing meals for yourself and others. They advise individuals not to report to work or school if they are experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A, which include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, tiredness, stomach ache, fever, dark-colored (cola) urine, light-colored stool and jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes). Symptoms may take as many as 50 days from exposure to appear.
In order to reduce the risk of hepatitis A transmission, the Scott County Health Department has been proactive in immunizing Scott County first responders, school staff, restaurant workers, and other county residents, among others. Scott County residents who have not received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine yet may come to the health department or ask their healthcare providers. 
For over three years, the Scott County Health Department has been vaccinating those visiting the One Stop Shop and Syringe Service Program, as well as those with substance use disorder and illicit drug users, since these populations have a greater risk of exposure. For nearly 8 months now, they have also been vaccinating in the Scott County jail, another high risk of exposure population. The health department completed a mass vaccination clinic in the jail 8 months ago and returns every two weeks to vaccinate new inmates. 
The Scott County Health Department has given nearly 3000 adult hepatitis A vaccines in 2018. In order to make sure they reach as many residents as possible, the health department held off-site vaccination clinics in both Scott County School Districts 1 and 2, vaccinating most of the staff, in addition to vaccinating those who have been to soup kitchens and dinners where the homeless and others come into contact with food. They are also targeting the homeless, an additional risk exposure group.
To date, Scott County has had 5 cases of hepatitis A, with most of these linked to cases outside the county. Currently, there have been no food worker cases reported in the county. The focus on hepatitis A community education has included sending letters to food establishments, as well as social media campaigns about hepatitis A transmission. The infographic below has been helpful in community education. For more information on receiving the vaccination, please call the Scott County Health Department at 812-752-8455 or go to their office at 1296 N. Gardner Street, Scottsburg, Indiana, between 8 am and 4 pm.

Trivial Pursuit Tournament

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Trivial Pursuit Night Brings Out Competitor in All of Us

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.– The Scott County Partnership is excited to once again host their Annual “Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser” on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South in Scottsburg, Indiana. 
The fun and festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. If you register on or before January 18 2019, the cost is $175 per team of 8 or $30 per person. Registrations after January 18, 2019 are $200 per team of 8 or $35 per person. 
Teams may not have more than 8 members. Spectators are welcome to come and watch for a $5 admission. The event will be geared more toward adults. To register your team or yourself, please call the Partnership at 812-752-6365.
First prize for the highest trivia competition score is $300. Additional prizes will be awarded for best taste of food, best presentation of food, best theme, and lowest score in the trivia competition.
“I love this fundraiser,” says LeAnn Walker, Prevention Resource Coordinator for the SCP, “It is a fun night for people to come out and relax, and pit their knowledge of trivia against their friends. It is always a great time and people come up with the most creative table themes.”
Along with the Trivial Pursuit activities, there will also be auction items to bid on throughout the evening and a Cash bar to purchase your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 
Individuals are welcome to donate or acquire auction items suitable for an auction for this event. If you have items available for auction or would like to be a corporate sponsor, please call 812-752-6365 and speak with LeAnn.
Jene Bridgewater, Executive Director of the Scott County Partnership, says this is one of our favorite fundraisers. “It helps support so many great programs.”
Proceeds from this event enable the Scott County Partnership to impact Scott County through the Scott County Clearinghouse, Conquer the CHAOS, Scott County Attendance Review Board, Career Clusters, LifeSkills, Reality Stores, Youth/Education Committee, Family, Health, & Self-Sufficiency Committee, Workforce Development, and other new initiatives that arise within the community.