Mayville, NY– Two additional Hepatitis A vaccination clinics are planned this week to provide options for people who may have been exposed to this virus after eating at The Mustard Seed Restaurant in Fredonia. The Chautauqua County Health Department will administer Hepatitis A vaccine at already planned COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled as follows:
- Tuesday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 PM at the Cassadaga Valley Central School Bus Garage (Drive-up)
(Address: 5935 Route 60 Sinclairville, NY)
- Friday, May 28, 3:00-7:00 PM at SUNY Fredonia Steele Hall
(Address: 280 Central Ave Fredonia, NY, Track and Field Facility)
Appointments are not needed, but individuals may pre-register. Additional information about the Hepatitis A and COVID-19 vaccination clinics, including links to pre-register, can be found on the Chautauqua County website www.chqgov.com. Please bring your driver’s license or another form of identification.
People who ate at The Mustard Seed Restaurant (31 E Main Street Fredonia, NY) between April 1 and May 19, 2020 were potentially exposed to hepatitis A. Most people do not get sick when an employee at a restaurant has hepatitis A, but there is still a risk. People who may have been exposed should receive treatment to prevent infection.
As a result of this potential hepatitis A exposure, the Chautauqua County Health Department is advising anyone who ate food at or consumed takeout food from the restaurant between May 8 and May 19 to receive a free hepatitis A vaccine at either of the vaccination clinics listed above.
The hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin is only effective within two weeks of exposure to the virus. People who ate at The Mustard Seed Restaurant between May 8 and May 19 (and have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis A) should receive the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin as soon as possible.
Those who ate at The Mustard Seed Restaurant between April 1 and May 7 may have been exposed, but the hepatitis A vaccine given this weekend will not prevent infection from this exposure. These persons are encouraged to monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days after consuming the food. Symptoms may include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, or jaundice. If you have any symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and be sure to tell them that you may have been exposed to hepatitis A.
The owner and staff at The Mustard Seed Restaurant have been very cooperative and have complied with all recommendations from the state and local health department. Chautauqua County Health Department staff conducted a throrough inspection of the restaurant, and cleared them to reopen on May 20. There is no risk to eating there at this time.
If you have questions, you may call the Chautauqua County Health Department at 866-604-6789. Visit the New York State Department of Health (http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/hepatitis/) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm) websites for disease-specific information about Hepatitis A.