Christine CorradoJun 16, 2017, 1:20 pmJun 17, 2017, 9:07 am

Department of Health offers Hepatitis A vaccines after restaurant scare

After Cortlandt Manor restaurant worker revealed to have Hepatitis A, county offering free vaccines in White Plains

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Elizabeth Holden from New Rochelle was in great spirits at a friend’s wedding at the Monteverde at Oldstone Restaurant in Cortlandt Manor on June 10th.

Little did she know, a few days later she would find out a bartender working there was infected with Hepatitis A, saying “it’s unsettling to know you have to take care of an issue you didn’t want to.”

Holden came to the Department of Health Friday morning to get a booster shot. The Health Department is offering free hepatitis vaccinations at their clinic in White Plains. On Thursday, they offered free vaccinations at the restaurant.

“I was a little nervous, but I know I have been up to date with all my shots because I have a great doctor,” said Holden. “He said I was immune to A and B and to get a booster shot, but the Department of Health said I didn’t need it.”

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or water through direct contact with an infected person. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino listed out the symptoms of Hepatitis A as, “fatigue, yellowing of the skin and eyes, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and fever.”

According to the Health Department, 100 people who were at the restaurant between May 31st and June 10th have already gotten vaccinated for Hepatitis A this week.

“There are now more than 200 people or so that we are trying to contact in 10 states, the District of Columbia and NYC,” said County Executive Astorino. “So, it’s a monumental effort by the health Department to reach everybody just so they are safe.”

Preventative treatment is only effective with Hepatitis if given within two weeks of potential exposure.



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