ECDOH Will Hold Free Vaccination Clinics
Dear Buffalo Public School Community:
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has reported that a food service worker at Destiny's Restaurant, at 2383 Fillmore Avenue, may have exposed coworkers and patrons to hepatitis A virus between Feb. 9 and March 11, 2019. Destiny’s is a dine-in/take-out restaurant popular with members of the BPS community.
The ECDOH will hold free vaccination clinics March 13, 2019 and March 14, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 for those who ate at the restaurant between Feb. 27 and March 11, 2019. According to ECDOH officials, those who ate at Destiny’s between Feb. 9and Feb. 26 may have been exposed but will not benefit from hepatitis A vaccine to prevent infection from this exposure and are encouraged to monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days after consuming the food. Those who develop symptoms suggestive of hepatitis A virus should seek medical evaluation.
A link on the county website (below) allows people to preregister for a rapid screening and vaccination:
Hepatitis A is typically transmitted when people eat or drink products that have been contaminated by small amounts of feces from someone already infected. The disease is marked by fatigue, poor appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, jaundice and dark urine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms often occur about four weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. Most children under the age of 6 are symptom-free.
Children have been routinely vaccinated against hepatitis A since 1994, so a call to your family physician for a record of your child’s inoculations is in order before vaccine is sought. Antibodies produced in response to the hepatitis A infection last for life.
For further information regarding this important health issue, please see the ECHD website at: Click here or call the ECDOH at 716-858-7697.
Dr. Kriner Cash