Attention Westmed Patients: Given the news of the recent hepatitis A exposure at Bartaco restaurant in Port Chester, Westmed Medical Group has obtained an adequate supply of heptatitis A vaccine so that all patients who ate and/or drank at the popular restaurant between the dates of 10/13/17 – 10/23/17 can receive appropriate preventative vaccine. Preventative treatment is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure, according to the Health Department.
The hepatitis A vaccine is available at the following Westmed office locations:
- 210 Westchester Avenue, White Plains NY
- 1 Theall Road, Rye NY
- 171 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle NY
- 3030 Westchester Avenue, Purchase NY
- 73 Market Street (Ridge Hill), Yonkers NY
- 644 W Putnam Avenue, Greenwich (CT)
Please call your Primary Care Provider’s office today to make an appointment to receive your vaccine.
Please find below, important Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding hepatitis A:
Who is at risk for exposure?
- People who ate or drank at bartaco, a restaurant in Port Chester, from August 22 – October 23, 2017.
What do I need to do if I went to this restaurant during this period?
- If you have never been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you will need to receive a dose of the vaccine. The vaccine is only effective if given within 14 days of exposure.
- Call your primary care doctor to determine whether you need to receive this vaccine.
- If it has been more than 14 days since you were possibly exposed, the vaccine will not be protective for this exposure. If you ate or drank at the restaurant from October 13, 2017 to October 23, 2017, you will need to receive preventative treatment within two weeks of your visit to the restaurant.
What if I was vaccinated for hepatitis A in the past? Do I need to be tested for immunity or receive another dose of the vaccine?
- No. If you received the vaccine in the past, there is nothing further to worry about. You are immune.
I’m not sure if I was vaccinated in the past. Do I need to be tested first, or should I just receive the vaccine?
- Time is an important factor here: anyone who is exposed (and not immune) will need to be vaccinated within 2 weeks of exposure. If you’re not sure, the safer thing to do is get vaccinated!
What are the symptoms of hepatitis A infection? What should I do if I think I may be infected?
- Hepatitis A is generally a mild illness whose symptoms include fatigue, fever, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Infected individuals also sometimes experience dark urine, light colored stool and jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
- Symptoms commonly appear within 4 weeks of exposure.
- There is no medication to treat hepatitis A infection, and most people recover within a few weeks without any complication.
- Hepatitis A can mimic many other benign infections, like other types of viral gastroenteritis. If you think you may be infected, call your primary care doctor immediately.
How is hepatitis A spread?
- Hepatitis A is transmitted by consuming food or drinks that have been handled by an infected person. It may also be spread from person to person by ingesting something that has been contaminated with the stool of a person with Hepatitis A.
- Casual contact, such as sitting together, does not spread the virus.
Do I need to receive immune globulin for the exposure? Where can I go for this?
- Immune globulin should be used for children aged <12 months, immuno-compromised persons, persons who have chronic liver disease, and persons for whom vaccine is contraindicated.
- You should contact your provider if you or your child falls into one of these categories.
I cannot get in to my doctor’s office. Where else can I receive the vaccine?
The Westchester County Health Department will offer preventative treatment at the County Center in White Plains.
Patients should pre-register at www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic or call 211 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. fore more information.
Additional information for our Westmed pediatric patients:
Since 2007, hepatitis A has been administered as part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule. Children receive their first dose between 12 and 18 months of age, and the second dose 6 months to 1 year later.
- If your child has completed BOTH doses, they are considered IMMUNE and nothing further is needed.
- If your child has only received one dose of this vaccine, and it is at least 6 months since that dose was given, call to schedule a nurse appointment for the booster vaccine.
- If your child did not receive this vaccine and is over 1 year of age, they are NOT immune and should schedule a nurse visit as soon as possible.
- If your child is an infant (less than 12 months of age), your pediatrician will need to order immune globulin, as above. Call as soon as possible to notify us.
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We encourage you to contact your provider if you are experiencing possible symptoms of Hepatitis A, which commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15 to 50 days.
We are here to support you during this period of concern.
Dr. Steven Meixler
Medical Director & Vice President
Westmed Medical Group
Dr. Sandra Kesh
Associate Medical Director, Hospitalist Medicine Program
Westmed Medical Group