Posts Tagged ‘Alameda County Public Health Department’

Clinics reach out to Oakland’s Asian community to prevent “silent killer” hepatitis B

Volunteers from the Hep B Project at the organization's free clinic, located every Wednesday at the Street Level Health Project.

The Bay Area has one of the largest Asian and Asian Pacific Islander (API) populations in the entire country; together the two groups make up almost 19 percent of Oakland’s population. This group is uniquely at risk for hepatitis B, a disease that is sometimes known as the “silent killer,” as an infected person can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time, leaving many unknowingly infected. Nationwide, nearly 1 in 12 people of Asian and API descent are infected. But here in Oakland, healthcare workers are drawing more attention to getting residents screened for the disease and vaccinated against it, specifically among the low-income and uninsured.

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Oakland clinics spread word about flu vaccine

Walgreens is one of many pharmacies offering flu shot vaccines this season. The chain charges $31.99 per shot.

The waiting room at Catch Up Clinic is sparse, save for a little girl in a pink sleeveless shirt darting out the door, a tan Band-Aid barely visible on her upper left arm. Located just around the corner from the Alameda County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program at Eastmont Town Center, Catch Up is one of several County Public Health Department clinics preparing for the arrival of the autumn’s biggest contagion challenge—the flu.

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