High demand for Hep A shots prompt extended vaccine clinic in Victoria

Fairways employees, public offered vaccines for Hep A

Wednesday (April 4) marks the last day of vaccines for people who may have come into contact with Hepatitis A from Fairway Markets in Quadra Village.

After a food handler with diagnosed with the disease, the Vancouver Island Health Authority advised two groups of people to get vaccinated as a precaution: employees of the store and customers who consumed non-pre-packaged deli food, purchased March 18, 19, 20, 22, 25 or 26. No other food at the grocery chain has any risk of contamination.

Hep A vaccine and immune globulin can prevent Hep A virus infection, but only when given within 14 days of exposure.

Symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, followed a few days later by dark-coloured urine, light-coloured stools and jaundice.

The clinic will operate from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Victoria Public Health Unit, 1947 Cook St. High demand for the vaccine over the weekend prompted VIHA to extend the clinic hours.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up
Pop-up banner image