Westchester offers free hepatitis A shots

Posted: Updated:

The Westchester County Health Department is offering free hepatitis A shots this weekend.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that you can get from contaminated food or water.

The county saw a hepatitis A scare last October, when an employee at Bar Taco in Port Chester contracted the infection.

Now, the health department is encouraging restaurant workers to get the vaccine.

Child care workers also pose a risk.

"Sometimes babies that they take care of are too young to be vaccinated themselves, so they're vulnerable," says Dr. Laurie Smittle. "And also, child care workers are exposed to diapers that could carry it."

Officials say people should be aware that you will need a second shot six months after the first.

The free shots are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Court Street Clinic in White Plains. You can make an appointment online at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60 or call 914-995-5800 or 914-995-7499.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."