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More hepatitis A vaccine available, health department says

Shots to be offered by appointment at clinic

More hepatitis A vaccine is available, and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health said today it would be offering it free in its New Haven Avenue clinic by appointment to people who ate at the 800 Degree Three Fires restaurant on Illinois Road who still need to be vaccinated.

Appointments for the vaccine at the clinic, 4813 New Haven Ave., may be made at 260-449-7514, the health department said in a statement.

A food worker at the restaurant has tested positive for hepatitis A, the statement said. It said no other employees have symptoms and no other cases have been identified.

People who dined or had carry-out from the restaurant between May 21 and May 26 still can benefit from the vaccine, the statement said. It said people who ate from the restaurant before that should monitor themselves for symptoms of hepatitis and seek medical attention if they appear.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes fever, nausea, abdominal pain and yellowing of the skin and eyes, the statement said. It said a vaccination can help lessen the effects of the disease if it is given within 14 days of exposure.