More than 90,000 people received the first shot of a two-injection Hepatitis A vaccination in the second half of 2016, and that means more than 90,000 follow-up injections are coming due in the Aloha State.
More than two-and-a-half times as many people in Hawaii took Hepatitis A vaccinations this past year compared with 2015, mainly because of an outbreak traced to contaminated frozen scallops that sickened 292 people. Two outbreak victims died.
The Hepatitis A illnesses traced to frozen scallops harvested in November 2015 in the Philippines began June 10, 2016, and continued through Oct. 9, 2016, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. A fast food chain headquartered in Japan — Genki Sushi — served the scallops raw.