Groups offering Hepatitis B screenings

September 14, 2008 5:43:16 PM PDT
Stanford University's Asian Liver Center and the Asian American for Community Involvement organization are providing Hepatitis B screenings and low-cost vaccinations on several upcoming Saturdays.

The screenings and vaccinations, which are available to anyone regardless of their health insurance status, will be held at the Asian American for Community Involvement center Saturday, as well as on Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. Dates for 2009 will also be announced soon.

The center, located at 2400 Moorpark Ave., Suite 111 in San Jose, will be open for service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointments are required, and the center takes cash only.

Hepatitis B is a disease that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer. Eighty percent of liver cancer worldwide is caused by chronic Hepatitis B infection.

The Santa Clara County Hep B Free Campaign is targeting the adult Asian Pacific Islander community, which is disproportionately affected by Hepatitis B, with about one in 10 people suffering from the problem.

The services are offered at a fraction of their normal cost. For instance, three Hepatitis B shots and a Hepatitis B screening cost $30, compared to the original cost of $230.

For more information, please call the Asian Liver Center at (888) 311-3331, or go to http://liver.stanford.edu.


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