Hepatitis A immunization clinic to be held on October 10th

BUFFALO – Erie County Department of Health will offer a Hepatitis A Clinic for persons 18 years of age and older at the Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206.

ECDOH continues to investigate ongoing hepatitis A infection in the community. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is through vaccination with the hepatitis A vaccine. To ensure the public has the greatest access to hepatitis A vaccine, ECDOH will be offering a public clinic on:

Wednesday, October 10th
3 pm to 7 pm
Jesse Nash Health Center
608 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206

Clinic appointments are required. To preregister, visit https://health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/15  or call (716) 858-7101 anytime Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Anyone interested in vaccination should review the Hepatitis A Vaccine Information Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-a.pdf

The cost of the vaccine is $55.00 per person. Cash (exact change preferred), credit, debit or personal checks are accepted forms of payment.

Vaccine recipients will be provided with a detailed invoice that could be submitted to their health insurance for reimbursement depending on coverage. All questions regarding health insurance coverage/reimbursement should be directed to your health insurance provider.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following groups be vaccinated against hepatitis A:

All children at age 1 year
Persons traveling to or working in countries that have high or intermediate hepatitis A prevalence (see https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/hepatitis-a);
Men who have sex with men;
Persons who use injection and non-injection drugs;
Persons who have occupational risk for infection;
Persons who have chronic liver disease;
Persons who have clotting-factor disorders;
Household members and other close personal contacts or adopted children newly arriving from countries with high or intermediate hepatitis A prevalence;
Persons with direct contact with persons who have hepatitis A;
Persons who are at increased risk for complications from hepatitis A, including people with chronic liver diseases, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C;
Any person wishing to obtain immunity.  

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 (716) 858-7697.

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