World Hepatitis Day is Saturday, July 28
Millions of Americans live with viral Hepatitis A, B, and C. Hepatitis is a liver infection that can have serious health effects, including liver cancer and death. Those living with Hepatitis often don’t even know it. If someone isn’t screened, the virus can go undetected for years. It can cause significant liver damage before it is finally detected.
The good news is that Hepatitis A and B can be prevented through vaccination. Keeping your child up-to-date on immunizations can protect your child from these viruses. Adults who haven’t been vaccinated should talk to their health care provider about getting vaccinated.
Although rates of Hepatitis C continue to rise, largely due to the opioid crisis and injection drug use, progress is being made against Hepatitis C. A new generation of medications now makes it easier to cure Hepatitis. Since 2015, more than 100 patients have been cured of Hepatitis C at Unity Care NW.
The first step towards curing Hepatitis C is to be screened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 be tested, along with those with other risk factors.
If you haven’t been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B or tested for Hepatitis C, make an appointment today. Call us at (360) 676-6177. Take a step towards preventing, treating, and curing Hepatitis.
Unity Care NW and the Point Roberts Clinic
For over a decade, Unity Care NW has provided primary and urgent care medical services to the Point Roberts community through a contract with the Point Roberts Hospital District. On June 25, the Unity Care NW Board of Directors voted to not renew our contract with the Point Roberts Hospital District for 2019 and thereafter. Unity Care NW will maintain services at the Point Roberts Clinic and continue to care for our Point Roberts patients through the end of 2018.
This has been a difficult decision knowing the impact to our patients, the Point Roberts community, and staff. We thank our patients for entrusting us with their care, and our staff for the care and customer service provided to the community. We will work with the Hospital District to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible. To read the statement about this decision from our Executive Director, Des Skubi, click here.