Michigan health officials are warning those who attended a popular festival earlier this month to get vaccinated after a confirmed case of hepatitis A.
The Oakland County Health Division said they were alerted Thursday evening that an attendee of the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly has a confirmed case of hepatitis A and was ill while attending the festival on September 1.
Health officials strongly recommend those who attended and worked the festival on September 1, September 2, and September 3 to get a hepatitis A vaccine.
Those who went to the festival on September 1 can be protected if they are vaccinated by September 15
Those who went to the festival on September 2 can be protected if they are vaccinated by September 16. The Oakland County Health Division is not open on this day.
Those who went to the festival on September 3 can be protected if they are vaccinated by September 17.
It is encouraged that patients call ahead to ensure the provider or pharmacy has the vaccination available.
“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division. “If you have attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival during these dates and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have a sudden onset of any symptoms, contact your doctor.”
Symptoms of hepatitis A include sudden abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and/or vomiting often followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
Symptoms may appear from 14-50 days after exposure, but average about one month.