SOMERVILLE, NJ — Somerset County is closing its free hepatitis A vaccination clinic early on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. due to an “overwhelming public response.” Another clinic will be held Thursday.
The free vaccinations are being offered after a deli worker at the ShopRite in Somerville was found to be infected with hepatitis A and worked during a time when the virus could have been spread to others, health officials said.
A second free hepatitis A vaccination clinic will be held on Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. at 27 Warren St. in Somerville. No appointment is necessary. Free parking is available in the parking deck next to the building. For directions to the human services building click here.
The New Jersey Department of Health with the Somerset County Department of Health and Wakefern Corporation warned shoppers on Monday of the confirmed single case of hepatitis A at ShopRite at 1 S. Davenport St. in Somerville. (See Related: Somerset County ShopRite Worker Was Infected With Hepatitis A)
The food handler worked from Oct.13 to 30 when he or she was infectious, Somerset County health officials said.
The Somerset County Health Department is recommending the following:
- Any items purchased from the in-store deli (Appy) at ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, should be thrown away.
- Anyone who may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli (Appy) from the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, and was not previusly vaccinated against hepatitis A, should get the hepatitis A vaccine to prevent getting sick.
- 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. (Note: Anyone with weakened immune systems should talk with their healthcare provider about getting immunoglobulin or Ig instead of the vaccine.)
- Anyone who used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30 should also consider getting vaccinated. The hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 13.
If you believe you were exposed you should also:
- Monitor your health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection including 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 healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.
If you have additional concerns about your health, contact your own health care provider for individualized guidance.
For more information about hepatitis A at NJ Department of Health’s Hepatitis A’s FAQ page. or contact the Somerset County Department of Health hepatitis A hotline at 908-203-6014 or www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
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