Free Hepatitis B shots rescheduled
The Hepatitis B Clinic for 11- to 19-year-olds, originally scheduled for Nov. 19 at Canyon Park Junior High, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. The second dose in the series of three will be scheduled in January; the date has not yet been confirmed. The school is located at 23723 23rd Ave. SE in Bothell.
Shots will also be given at Frank Love Elementary on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frank Love is located at 303 224th SW, Bothell.
A parent/legal guardian must accompany each child under 18 to the clinic. Due to special funding, the vaccine is offered at no charge, although a donation of $10 per shot is requested to cover administrative costs. Questions should be directed to the Snohomish Health District at (206) 339-5220.
Hepatitis B infects one out of every 20 Americans and can lead to serious liver disease and even death. In some cases, the virus can remain in the body for a lifetime and cause ongoing liver damage, including liver cancer.
The Hepatitis B vaccine is one of the safest vaccines available, health officials say. Doctors and health departments have been providing this vaccine to infants since 1992. Older children have not routinely had the opportunity to receive the vaccine, and the health district said it is pleased to be able to offer this protection against a serious disease.