Free hep A vaccine offered

The Mission health unit will provide a free vaccine if you have consumed Pomeberry Blend frozen fruit in the past two weeks

Fraser Health is offering a free dose of hepatitis A vaccine for people who have in the past two weeks consumed Pomeberry Blend frozen fruit manufactured by Western Family and have not previously received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or had hepatitis A disease.

The vaccine is ineffective if more than 14 days has passed since you consumed the product and you do not need vaccine.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume the frozen fruit, which has been sold in 600g packages at Save-On-Foods, Price Smart and affiliated Overwaitea stores. The affected product may contain Hepatitis A virus. Only the Western Family Pomeberry Blend is affected.

If you believe you need a free dose of the hepatitis A vaccine, call 604-814-5500 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Hepatitis A is a preventable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus, which can last from a few weeks to several months. It does not lead to chronic infection. After the hepatitis A virus enters your body, it can take from 15 to 50 days before you feel sick. The symptoms can be so mild that people may not be aware they have been infected with hepatitis A.