Hepatitis A

DATE: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM
FROM: Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Director, Student Health Center
SUBJECT: Hepatitis A in a Food Handler in an Area Restaurant

We have received word that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is investigating a case of hepatitis A in a food handler who prepared desserts at Alta restaurant in Manhattan, which is not too far from our main campus. The Health Department is recommending that all people who ate dessert at the restaurant from March 23rd-April 2nd receive hepatitis A vaccine. Patients unable to receive vaccine should receive immune globulin.

The Health Department will offer free hepatitis A vaccine to restaurant patrons and employees at the Chelsea Health Center, 303 Ninth Avenue, 3rd floor in Manhattan at the following times:
- Sunday, April 7, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Monday, April 8, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Additional information about the clinic location and hours is available through the City's Information Hotline: 311.

Restaurant patrons may also receive vaccine at the Student Health Center (if you are a student) or through your medical provider's office (if you are an employee). Hepatitis A vaccine is an inactivated vaccine. There are two licensed hepatitis A vaccine products available: Havrix® from GlaxoSmithKline and VAQTA® from Merck. Each vaccine is available as a pediatric formulation (licensed for persons 1 through 18 years of age, 0.5 mL given IM) and an adult formulation (licensed for persons 19 years and older, 1.0 mL given IM). Both vaccines are highly immunogenic and effective in preventing clinical hepatitis.

If you have any questions, please contact the NYU Wellness Exchange (wellness.exchange@nyu.edu; 212.443.9999; or 999 from any campus phone).