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Free Hepatitis A and B vaccines

People living in Doncaster who are using or in recovery from a drug and alcohol addiction are being offered free Hepatitis A and B vaccinations.

The vaccines were launched on World Hepatitis Day, which takes place every year on 28 July, to raise awareness and to protect people from the hepatitis A and B viruses which cause inflammation of the liver.

Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service in Doncaster is encouraging its clients to come forward and have the vaccines because they are high risk group of people most at risk.

As an added incentive, clients and peer mentors who have their hepatitis A and B vaccinations up to Halloween (31 October 2017) will be entered into a prize draw to win one of six Amazon vouchers to the value of £10 each.

Stuart Green, Aspire Service Manager, said: “We are offering these vaccines to our service users to help protect them from these two strains of the hepatitis virus. It’s also another way to raise awareness with our clients in recovery of viral hepatitis. I hope that our clients take up this offer. But don’t leave it too late Halloween is on the horizon if you want to stand a chance to win a voucher.”

Clients who want to take up the offer of the free vaccines are asked to contact their keyworker or call in at Aspire’s reception at Sinclair House, 29 Thorne Road, Doncaster, between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or at any of the Aspire Hubs in Bentley, Mexborough and Stainforth.

World Hepatitis Day is one of just four disease-specific global awareness days endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The six vouchers have been donated to Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service.

Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with registered charity The Alcohol and Drug Service.