The Erie County Department of Health will host a Hepatitis A clinic this Wednesday for adults over 18 years old.
The clinic will take place at the Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St., Buffalo, from 3 to 7 p.m.
This comes after at least five people got sick after eating at Donio's Pizza on Harlem Rd. in Cheektowaga, a food handler tested positive for Hepatitis A virus earlier this month.
The Erie County Department of Health continues to investigate ongoing Hepatitis A infection in the community. Health officials say the best way to prevent the infection is through a vaccine.
People who should consider getting vaccinated include:
- All children at age 1 year
- Anyone traveling to or working in countries that have high or intermediate hepatitis A prevalence
- Men who have sex with men
- Anyone who uses injection and non-injection drugs
- Anyone who has occupational risk for infection
- Anyone who has chronic liver disease
- Anyone who has clotting-factor disorders
- Household members and other close personal contacts or adopted children newly arriving from countries with high or intermediate hepatitis A prevalence
- Anyone with direct contact with people who have hepatitis A
- Anyone who is at increased risk for complications from hepatitis A, including people with chronic liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C
- Anyone wishing to obtain immunity.
You can review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Hepatitis A vaccination information sheet here.
Clinic appointments are required. To preregister, click here or call (716) 858-7101 anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost of the vaccine is $55.00 per person. Cash (exact change preferred), credit, debit or personal checks are accepted forms of payment. You will receive a detailed invoice you can submit to your health insurance company to receive reimbursement if it is included in your coverage.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Some people infected with Hepatitis A virus develop severe illness lasting several months while others may develop an illness lasting a few weeks or up to 6 months. Hepatitis A can be spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated by the virus, sharing food or utensils or by sharing a bathroom.
Hepatitis A symptoms typically appear 15 to 50 days following an exposure. Typical symptoms include: fatigue, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, low grade fever, abdominal pain or discomfort, dark urine, joint pain, clay-colored bowel movements, and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
For more information, call the Erie County Health Department at (716) 858-7697.