Lake County Health Department Holds Free Hepatitis Health Fair on May 19

In observance of National Hepatitis Testing Day, the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC) will host a free hepatitis health fair in conjunction with Abbvie, Orasure Technologies, Walgreens, Salix Pharmaceuticals, American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division, the YWCA Lake County, GlenLake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Lake County Stands Against Stigma Coalition. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 19, in the lobby of the County Building, 18 N. County Street in Waukegan, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone born between 1945 and 1965, in the Baby Boomers generation, get a blood test for hepatitis C. This recommendation calls for one-time testing of Baby Boomers.

Program staff will provide information and education about hepatitis B and C prevention, care and treatment. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered. Participants can also receive general information related to overall health and wellbeing. Free hepatitis C and HIV tests will also be offered at the LCHD/CHC Sexually Transmitted Infections program's (STI) office the day of the event at 2400 Belvidere Road in Waukegan. Please call 847-377-8450 for more information.

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