Thomas Jefferson Health District to Offer Free Hepatitis A Vaccines for Food Service Workers
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville-Albemarle health clinic is urging food service workers to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A after several outbreaks in neighboring states.
Starting on Friday, April 19 the Thomas Jefferson Health District will provide free vaccines on a completely walk-in basis. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that attacks the liver. It's usually spread through contact with an infected individual.
"When you think of food handlers, you think of preparing food and you're ingesting the food and perhaps maybe they missed. Maybe they went to the restroom and didn't wash their hands as adequately and you can get it that way,” said Nurse Nancy Santoski.
Free vaccines will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of every month. For now, the general public must pay for vaccines but are welcome to stop into the Thomas Jefferson Health District.
Thomas Jefferson Health District Press Release:
- When: Third Friday of every month, starting Friday, April 19, 2019
- Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Walk-in visits welcome, no appointment needed