Hospital to host free drive-thru Hepatitis A vaccine clinic

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Health and the Oneida County Health Department, Rome Memorial Hospital will conduct a drive-thru Hepatitis A vaccination clinic today from 4 to 7 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome.
No appointment is required.
An employee of LaRoma’s Pizzeria on 600 Floyd Avenue in Rome, who tested positive for Hepatitis A, worked while infectious and may have exposed people who consumed take-out food from the restaurant, according to the Oneida County Health Department.
The vaccine is also available through the Oneida County Health Department. Call 315-798-5747 and press 1 to make an appointment at the county health department clinic. 
“Because of the critical time window for individuals to receive preventative treatment, we are offering the drive-through clinic to increase access to the Hepatitis A vaccine to prevent a widespread community outbreak,” said Rome Memorial Hospital Director of Infection Prevention Emma Ingalls, RN.
The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Immunization provided the publicly purchased vaccine, which will be administered by hospital staff, as part of its public health emergency response and preparedness activities.
People who get hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months but usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage.Symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15 to 50 days.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is spread by consuming food or drinks or by using utensils that have been handled by an infected person. It can also be spread from close, personal contact with an infected person. Casual contact, such as sitting together, does not spread the virus.
If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your health care provider or the OCHD.


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