Third Hepatitis A Clinic - Friday, Nov. 8
Thursday Clinic Has Closed
SOMERVILLE – Thursday’s (Nov. 7) hepatitis A vaccination clinic has closed early, due to an overwhelming public response. To address the ongoing need, the Somerset County Department of Health will open a third hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 27 Warren St., Somerville, NJ 08876. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations for adults age 19 and older will be given on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Pediatric vaccines (for children 18 and under) will not be available at this clinic. Free parking is available in the parking deck next to the human services building. For directions, visit https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/about/county-complex-directions/human-services.
“We understand residents are concerned,” said Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine. “The county health department has been working diligently to ensure that vaccinations are available. A third clinic will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our human services building in Somerville.”
This clinic is for individuals who may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli/appy department or used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, 2019. To be effective, the hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating food from this deli. For most people, this date would be Nov. 13, 2019. Immunocompromised persons – those with weakened immune systems – should talk with their health care provider about getting immunoglobulin or Ig instead of the vaccine.
If you believe you were exposed you should:
• Monitor your health for symptoms of the hepatitis A infection, which include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice for up to 50 days after exposure.
• Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
• Stay at home and contact your health care provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.
If you have additional concerns about your health, contact your health care provider for recommendations.
Answers to frequently asked questions about hepatitis A are available at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/hepatitis_a_faq.pdf.
For more information about hepatitis A, visit the Somerset County Department of Health website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
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