Health Department and Rome Memorial Hospital offers Hepatitis A. vaccination

Out of caution, the Oneida County Health Department as well as Rome Memorial Hospital are partnering to provide Hepatitis A. vaccinations to those who think they were exposed.

Posted: Feb 29, 2020 7:30 PM

ROME, N.Y. --- Out of caution, the Oneida County Health Department as well as Rome Memorial Hospital are partnering to provide Hepatitis A. vaccinations to those who think they were exposed.

This comes after the health department announced that an employee at Cianfroccos in Rome tested positive for Hepatitis A. Management at the restaurant has urged that the health department has checked the property and their customers have nothing to be worried about.

But health officials arent taking any chances, so far this weekend, over 130 people have participated in the vaccinations. 

"Once its been recognized that there has been a potential exposure, we try and warn people to come in to prevent the spread," said Amy Carissimo Harris.

Hospital officials want to stress that there has been no outbreak of the virus. But encourage anyone who thinks they may have been exposed during a certain period of time, to take advantage of the vaccination.

"Well the vaccine itself is actually a 2 part series. Vaccine number one is given at the initial time of exposure. then the recipient will come back in 6 months or so and receive part 2. The window of exposure that we have identified seems to be between February 12th and 23rd. But if you have any questions or concerns that you may have been exposed please come in take advantage of the vaccine," said Harris.

Vaccines will be available at the E. Chestnut Commons from 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday, March 1st.

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