Rome Memorial offers hepatitis A vaccination clinics

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Rome Memorial Hospital, along with the state and Oneida County Health Departments, has scheduled walk-in vaccination clinics for people who may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus to supplement the clinics scheduled by the county.

Individuals who ate at Cianfrocco’s Subs & Wings in Rome between Monday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 22 were potentially exposed to Hepatitis A by an employee who tested positive for the virus. No cases of the illness have been linked to the restaurant, but public health authorities notified the public as a precaution.

Those who were exposed must receive the vaccination for preventive treatment within 14 days of exposure to be effective. Anyone who doesn’t receive the post exposure vaccine within the 14 day window should monitor themselves for symptoms.

The free walk-in clinics will be held at Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome, in Suite 103, while the vaccine supply is available at the following times:

Today, Friday, Feb. 28, 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The vaccine is also available through the Oneida County Health Department by calling 315-798-5747.

“Because of the critical time window for individuals to receive preventative treatment, we are offering the walk-in clinics to increase access to the hepatitis a vaccine to prevent a widespread community outbreak,” said Rome Memorial Hospital Director of Infection Prevention Emma Ingalls.

The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Immunization provided the publicly purchased vaccine, which will be administered by hospital staff.

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