Hepatitis A

Seneca County Health Department’s Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinic continues today through 4:00 pm at the Seneca County Office Building.  Individuals who consumed food or beverages from the drive thru and/or dining room from McDonald’s located at 2500 Mound Road, Waterloo on November 6th and 8th are being urged to attend today’s final vaccination clinic. 

Health Department officials stress the risk of infection is low. Individuals who may have been exposed but were unable to receive treatment, or who choose not to receive treatment are being advised to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A infection over the next 4-6 weeks. 

Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and jaundice.  Individuals who develop signs and symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. 

The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated.  Frequent hand washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or before preparing, handling and eating food also can help prevent the spread of Hepatitis A. 

For more information talk to your healthcare provider, call the Seneca County Health Department at (315) 539-1920 or your local health department.  Information is also available at www.co.seneca.ny.us/ and www.health.ny.us./

Posted November 20th, 2015 - Public Health

FINAL Hepatitis A Clinic to be held

The Seneca County Health Department will be offering additional Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics this week for those individuals who ate or consumed food/beverages from the McDonalds located at 2500 Mound Road Waterloo NY.  

If you ate at the McDonald’s located at 2500 Mound Road Waterloo, NY on Friday, November 6th or Sunday, November 8th please attend our last clinic which is being held tomorrow, Friday, November 20th, 2015 . 

The FINAL Seneca County Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinic is scheduled for: 

Friday, November 20, 2015- 9:00am-4:00pm

All clinics will be held in the Seneca County Office Building 3rd Floor Board of Supervisor’s Room 1 Dipronio Drive Waterloo, New York 13165

For more information or to preregister go to www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/50 

For additional questions call the New York State Department of Health Hotline:  1-844-364-6397

Waterloo/Seneca Falls Hepatitis A FAQ

What happened at the McDonalds in Waterloo?

A worker at the McDonalds on Route 414 and Mound Road in Waterloo NY, a short distance from Exit 41 off the NYS Thruway, worked while they may have been shedding Hepatitis A virus, before the worker was diagnosed with the illness. Because of how Hepatitis A is spread, this may have put customers and coworkers at that McDonalds at risk of acquiring Hepatitis A.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces, or stool, of an infected person.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?

Some people with Hepatitis A do not have any symptoms. Children in particular may not show symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes)

How severe is Hepatitis A? Symptoms will usually develop within 2-6 weeks after being exposed to the Hepatitis A virus. Most see symptoms start right around 4 weeks after exposure. 

How is Hepatitis A treated? Is there a cure for Hepatitis A? Yes. These dates are Thursday October 29, Saturday October 31, Monday November 2, Tuesday November 3, Thursday November 5, Friday November 6, and Sunday November 8.

How likely am I to get sick? Who is at the highest risk?  If you were recently exposed to Hepatitis A virus and have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you might benefit from an injection of either immune globulin or Hepatitis A vaccine. However, the vaccine or immune globulin must be given within the first 2 weeks after exposure to be effective. To this end, the Seneca County Health Department is setting up clinics to provide preventative treatment to individuals who visited the Waterloo McDonalds. (For those getting vaccine, a second vaccine in 6 months, at your physician, will result in maximum protection.)

When and where are the clinics?

Can anything be done to prevent getting sick?

  • Those at risk would be individuals who consumed food handled by the ill employee, or individuals who may have put their fingers in their mouth after handling objects handled by the ill employee. If you only used the bathroom at the McDonalds, you are at no risk.
  • Most people do not get sick when an employee at a restaurant has Hepatitis A. However, if an infected food handler is infectious and has poor hygiene, the risk goes up for patrons of that restaurant. The job duties of the ill employee involved front end duties—cashier, handling drinks, putting food on trays. This makes risk low, but there is still risk present. 

Are there specific dates when this individual worked while possibly infectious?  There are no special treatments for Hepatitis A. Most people with Hepatitis A will feel sick for a few months before they begin to feel better. A few people will need to be hospitalized. During this time, doctors usually recommend rest, adequate nutrition, and fluids. People with Hepatitis A should check with a health professional before taking any prescription pills, supplements, or over-the-counter medications, which can potentially damage the liver. Alcohol should be avoided.

If I get Hepatitis A, when will symptoms start? Almost all people who get Hepatitis A recover completely and do not have any lasting liver damage, although they may feel sick for months. Hepatitis A can sometimes cause liver failure and death, although this is rare and occurs more commonly in persons 50 years of age or older and persons with other liver diseases, such as Hepatitis B or C. 

What is the cost of getting treated at the clinic?

There is no cost to getting treated at the clinic.

Do I have to make an appointment?

An appointment is not necessary, but is highly recommended.

You can make an appointment online by visiting  www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/50 .  You may also call 844-364-6397 to make an appointment.

Do I have to rush to get to the clinic?

The vaccine is only effective if given no later than 2 weeks after being exposed to the Hepatitis A virus.

Date Visited McDonalds:

Must Be Vaccinated By:

Thursday Oct. 29th

Too late to be vaccinated please contact your physician for signs and symptoms

Saturday October 31st

Too late to be vaccinated please contact your physician for signs and symptoms

*Monday November 2

*Monday November 16

Tuesday November 3

Tuesday November 17

Thursday November 5

Thursday November 19

Friday November 6

Friday November 20

Sunday November 8

Sunday November 22


What if I can’t get to one of the clinics?

Please see your physician, explain the situation, and your physician may be able to provide you with treatment.

What if I am too late to get the treatment, or choose to not get treated?

Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A over the next 4-6 weeks. If you have any symptoms, contact your physician and be sure to tell them that you may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Has my child already been vaccinated for Hepatitis A?

The vaccine for Hepatitis A for children is recommended, but not required for school entry. If you do not know if your child has received the Hepatitis A vaccine, you should contact your child’s healthcare provider.

Is the Hepatitis A vaccine effective?

Yes, the Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing Hepatitis A virus infection. Protection begins approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the first injection. A second injection in 6 months results in long-term protection.

Is the Hepatitis A vaccine safe?

Yes, the Hepatitis A vaccine is safe. No serious side effects have resulted from the Hepatitis A vaccine. Soreness at the injection site is the most common side effect reported. As with any medicine, there are very small risks that a serious problem could occur after someone gets the vaccine. However, the potential risks associated with Hepatitis A are much greater than the potential risks associated with the Hepatitis A vaccine. Before the Hepatitis A vaccine became available in the Unites States, more than 250,000 people were infected with Hepatitis A virus each year. Since the licensure of the first Hepatitis A vaccine in 1995, millions of doses of Hepatitis A vaccine have been given in the United States and worldwide. 

Who should not receive the Hepatitis A vaccine?

People who have ever had a serious allergic reaction to the Hepatitis A vaccine or who are known to be allergic to any part of the Hepatitis A vaccine should not receive the vaccine. Tell those working at the clinic or your doctor if you have any severe allergies. Also, the vaccine is not licensed for use in infants under age 1 year.

If you are pregnant, it is OK to get the vaccine or immune globulin.

What is immune globulin?

Immune globulin is a substance made from human blood plasma that contains antibodies that protect against infection. It is given as a shot and provides short-term protection (approximately 3 months) against Hepatitis A. Immune globulin can be given either before exposure to the Hepatitis A virus (such as before travel to a country where Hepatitis A is common) or to prevent infection after exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. Immune globulin must be given within 2 weeks after exposure for the best protection.

Posted November 19th, 2015 - Seneca County Webmaster

December 2015 Senior Citizen Activities

Attached is the list of Senior Center activities for the month of December. The activities are held at the Senior Center in Waterloo and the Ovid and Trumansburg Nutrition sites. Please call (315) 539-1780 for more information.

December Activities 2015

Posted November 16th, 2015 - Office For The Aging