Garfield County is increasing efforts to get people vaccinated in the face of a hepatitis A outbreak in Colorado.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection that typically affects drug users, people experiencing homelessness and men who are sexually active with other men. The risk of illness to the general public is low. It causes nausea and vomiting for weeks or even months.
While most of the more than 300 cases in Colorado since October 2018 have occured in the Denver area, some cases have been seen on the Western Slope.
Garfield County is encouraging those who are at risk to get vaccinated. The county’s public health department is currently offering free vaccinations to children and adults.