State Offers Free Vaccines After Hepatitis Scare

2 years 6 months 1 week ago May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014 Thursday, May 22 2014 Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:33:00 PM CDT in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Missouri Health Departments are offering a free vaccine to customers of a Springfield Red Robin after one employee tested positive for hepatitis A. 

Anyone who ate at the Red Robin on Glenstone Avenue from May 8 to May 16 can receive the free vaccination. The Cole County Health Department said it has received calls from residents who ate at the restaurant. The department also said the vaccine must be administered within 14 days of exposure to be effective. 

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease spread through person-to-person contact or contaminated food or water. Symptoms include fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes). Symptoms could take up to 30 days to develop.

Anyone with questions about the vaccine or exposure may contact the Cole County Health Department at (573) 636-2181.

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