Forth FoodFair and Fruth Pharmacy Work Together to Help Safeguard Communities Against Hepatitis A Infection

May 10th, 2018 by fruthpharmacy
Tim Forth, President of Forth Foods, Inc.

Tim Forth, President of Forth Foods, Inc.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (May 3, 2018) – Due to the recent outbreak of hepatitis A (HAV) in the region, Forth FoodFair employees opted to get the hepatitis A immunization.  Over 400 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Kentucky, with 50 and 31 cases newly reported in West Virginia and Ohio.  Due to the way it is spread, hepatitis A virus tends to occur in outbreaks.

“Offering the hepatitis A vaccine to our food preparation employees was important for the health and safety of our workers,” Tim Forth, President of Forth Foods, Inc. shared, “it is also important that the public has confidence in us that we will do our best to prevent the spread of infection.”

Forth FoodFairs contacted Fruth Pharmacy to help immunize 215 food preparation workers.

“It is commendable that Forth FoodFairs chose to be pro-active in helping to prevent the spread of this disease by offering and covering the costs of the Hepatitis A vaccine for their food preparation workers,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy stated.

“Fruth Pharmacy and Forth FoodFairs are community businesses,” Forth explained, “we care about our employees and our customers.  Fruth Pharmacy was a wonderful partner in this endeavor to do something to help prevent the spread of the hepatitis A infection.”

Due to Fruth Pharmacy’s locations, most Forth FoodFair employees were able to go to the local Fruth Pharmacy for their vaccine.  In places where there was not a Fruth close by, Fruth set up on-site vaccination clinics at Forth FoodFair locations.

“Fruth worked with us and made the process, quick and convenient – we had all 215 food preparation workers immunized within 1 week,” Forth concluded.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV).  It is one of several hepatitis viruses and one of the 3 most common in the United States (A, B, & C).  Hepatitis A is not a chronic, long-term disease.  The liver will become inflamed and swollen but will heal completely in most people without any long-term damage.  Some people have no symptoms of infection at all.  For those that experience symptoms, symptoms will manifest in 2-6 weeks after infection.  These symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pale or gray-colored stools, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, rash, fatigue, jaundice, dark urine, and pain in area of the liver.  Symptoms may last up to 9 months.  Some people have symptoms that come and go for 6-9 months.

Hepatitis A is transmitted by contaminated foods, beverages, blood, stool, and direct contact.

Prevention of the disease, includes receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine.  The Hepatitis A vaccine is available at Fruth Pharmacy.  It is a series of 2 injections: after the 1st injection, it is followed with a 2nd injection at 6-18 months.  For most people, the vaccine offers protection from the virus up to 20 years.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or infecting others by washing your hands thoroughly after use of the bathroom, changing a diaper, before touching or preparing food, and before touching others.  Use soap and warm water and dry hands with paper or air.  (Do not re-use or share towels.)  Contaminated surfaces should be cleaned with household bleach to kill the virus.  Food or water should be heated to a minimum of 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you need the Hepatitis A vaccine, please speak with your local Fruth Pharmacist.  If your place of business is interested in a vaccination clinic, please contact Drew Massey, Director of Pharmacy Operations at 304-675-1612, ext. 120 or by e-mail at dmassey@fruthpharmacy.com.

Forth FoodFairs, a family-owned company, have served the tri-state area since 1967.  They currently have 15 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 65 years.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

 


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