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Uptown Briefs

Uptown News Briefs: Dec. 1 – 14, 2017

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | News, Opinion & News, Uptown Briefs | No Comments

HEPATITIS A EMERGENCY IS EXTENDED AGAIN

The local hepatitis A health emergency has been extended for another two weeks amid continuing signs the outbreak is slowing down.

On Monday, Nov. 27, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the health emergency, which was declared on Sept. 1. Every 14 days, the board is required to review the need for continuing the emergency.

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Uptown News Briefs: Nov. 3 – 16, 2017

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | News, Opinion & News, Uptown Briefs | No Comments

FLU SHOT WON’T MAKE YOU SICK

It’s a myth that a flu shot makes you sick, so don’t use that as an excuse to not get vaccinated against influenza.

“The viruses in the flu vaccine are dead or ‘inactivated’ and cannot be infectious or cause illness,” Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, said in a news release. “The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given.”

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Uptown News Briefs: Oct. 20–Nov. 2, 2017

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Opinion & News, Uptown Briefs | No Comments

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER HEPATITIS A CRISIS

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation on Oct. 13 that allows the state to boost its supply of vaccines to combat the hepatitis A crisis.

Most of the hepatitis A incidents have occurred in San Diego County, but cases have now also been reported in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties. While a majority of the cases have involved the homeless or people who use illegal drugs, others have not fit into those categories.

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