SOMERVILLE, NJ - The emergency health clinic set up by the New Jersey and Somerset County health departments to administer Hepatitis A inoculations closed Friday after three days of long lines and 1,800 shots.
The clinic, held at the Somerset County Human Services building on Warren Street beginning Wednesday, was necessitated by a disclosure earlier this week that an employee who had worked at the Somerville ShopRite in the deli/appy department in mid- to late-October had been diagnosed with the communicable liver disorder.
Those individuals, including children who were exposed at ShopRite and unable to take advantage of the clinic opportunities, can visit http://bit.ly/HepAReferrals for other places in the community that may be able to offer the vaccine.
Prospective patients or parents are urged to call to confirm availability, hours and any related cost.
The Somerset County Department of Health’s hepatitis A hotline will be available for updates until Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 908-203-6014. Any updates also will be posted on the department website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health
For details, visit http://bit.ly/HepAReferrals.
“Throughout this incident response, public safety has been our number one priority,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine. “I want to thank our many county personnel and volunteers who have worked long hours to staff these free vaccination clinics this week. Thank you also to the members of the public for your patience and understanding.”
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 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.