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Hepatitis A outbreak gives Hawaii pharmacies a rush of business

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Pharmacy customers in Hawaii are rushing to get vaccinated against the hepatitis A following an outbreak that state health officials have traced back to tainted seafood served at a sushi chain. Pharmacies are reporting a big surge in vaccinations.

Pharmacy customers in Hawaii are rushing to get vaccinated against the hepatitis A following an outbreak that state health officials have traced back to tainted seafood served at a sushi chain. Pharmacies are reporting a big surge in vaccinations. The vaccine costs $95 a dose, and two doses are required, the first treatment 6 months to a year after the first. Most insurers are covering the cost; some insurers are requiring a copay. Some insurers are requiring people to pay for the vaccination and then submit claims for reimbursement. The Hawaii State Department of Health reports that more than 200 people have been affected by hepatitis A in the past 3 months. The source of the contagion was traced to tainted scallops imported from the Philippines. The four Safeway pharmacies in Oahu report they are vaccinating more than 200 people a day. Other pharmacies—including Costco, Kaiser Permanente, Longs Drugs, and Walgreens—have reported a big increase in vaccinations as well.

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