Jonathan GordonAug 9, 2018, 5:26 pmAug 10, 2018, 4:54 pm

Westchester Department of Health plans to host free Hepatitis A clinic

Anyone over the age of 19, works in food or childcare industries will be eligible

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WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester Department of Health is holding a free hepatitis A vaccine clinic on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. until 3 a. m. The special clinics are free for anyone over the age of 19 in the food services or childcare industries.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that spreads when a person who is infected with the virus fails to wash their hands after using the bathroom and then handles foods. Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and joint pain.

"Anytime you go to the bathroom we want everyone to wash their hands," Westchester Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler said. "We have some vaccine; we want to provide that to the individuals who work in the food service industry and daycares.”

This action comes 10 months after a hepatitis A outbreak in Port Chester at Bartaco restaurant. Over 3,000 people were vaccinated at that time.

Anyone who gets a first hepatitis A shot at the clinics will need a second dose at least six months later.

Another free clinic is being hosted Aug. 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p. m.

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