Somerset County Health Dept. runs out of hepatitis A vaccine 2nd day in a row

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The free hepatitis A vaccination clinic in Somerville closed early for the second day in a row Thursday due to an overwhelming public response.

More than 500 people were vaccinated on Wednesday, but the clinic also had to close early due to the demand. Some people said they stood in line for two hours.

The scare comes after state health officials confirmed that a deli worker at the ShopRite located at 1 South Davenport St. in Somerville had the illness and handled some of the food. Anyone who ate items from the deli section of the store or who used the restroom from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30 is at risk of being exposed.

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The Somerset County Health Department says its response to the scare is unprecedented. The only thing that comes close is 10 years ago, when it offered vaccinations during a flu epidemic.

Vaccinations will be offered again Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while supplies last.

News 12 is told that vaccinations for adults age 19 and older will be given on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Pediatric vaccines for children 18 years old and under will not be available.

Answers to frequently asked questions about hepatitis A are available at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/hepatitis_a_faq.pdf.

 

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