Free Hep. A Vaccinations for Arni's customers starting Monday

The health department said it is rare for a customer to become infected with hepatitis A virus from an infected food handler. However, the dept. said anyone who ate or drank at the restaurant during September 13th or 14th is recommended to receive a vaccination within 14 days of exposure.

Posted: Sep 23, 2019 5:50 AM
Updated: Sep 23, 2019 11:30 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— The Tippecanoe County Health Department is offering free vaccinations Monday and Tuesday. It's for people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. 

Last week News 18 told you about an Arni's employee who handled food while ill at the restaurant's Market Square location.

The health department said it is rare for a customer to become infected with hepatitis A virus from an infected food handler. However, the dept. said anyone who ate or drank at the restaurant during September 13th or 14th is recommended to receive a vaccination within 14 days of exposure. 

The free clinic is at the health department Monday and Tuesday. You do not need to schedule an appointment, as vaccinations are walk-in only. 

There was a line out the door of the health department when News 18 got there Monday morning, but the department's average wait time was 15 minutes.

Two customers we spoke to said they'll keep going to Arni's despite what happened.

"The transparency says that they care about the community," said Bryana Bunte. "They respect their customers. I respect the business even more."

"I'm not really too worried about it because they contacted us right away," said Charles Hill. "I'm appreciative of it."

The Tippecanoe County Health Department's address is 629 N. 6th Street, Suite A, Lafayette, IN. 

Hepatitis A hotline: (765) 423-9798

Free clinic times are listed below.

Monday:

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

and

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

and

1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


If you cannot make these dates, you should contact your personal medical provider. That's because you should get this vaccine within two weeks of exposure. 

The Health Department is also asking people who ate at the restaurant on the 13th and 14th to monitor their symptoms for up to 50 days after exposure. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially before preparing food and after using the bathroom.

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