Free hepatitis A vaccines were given at Columbus Public Health Monday.
This is the second time this year that Columbus Public Health has given free vaccines for hepatitis A.
They’ve given out about 3,500 Hepatitis A vaccines since the summer and on Monday they administered 225 more.
“It’s a real quick process you’re in and out. You know they have everything set up for you,” said James Moon who’s as there to get his Hepatitis A vaccine.
He said he ate at Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles on February 4, 2019. It’s during that officials at Columbus Public Health said an employee at this restaurant got sick and tested positive for hepatitis A and could have spread the virus.
Moons said he’s getting his vaccine as a precaution but hearing how easy this virus can spread does concern him.
“You don’t want to keep that doubt in your mind,” said Moon. “So, it’s just better to get out and to be safe. It makes you think I should just stay at home and eat.”
Luke Jacobs works with Columbus Public Health and said Hepatitis A can spread easier.
“Hepatitis A is unique in the world of hepatitis because it can be spread through food and water,” said Jacobs.
He said this is the largest outbreak of hepatitis A in this community in 25 years.
223 people tested positive with the virus here in Franklin County since January 2018 according to Ohio Department of Health.
Jacobs said there are two ways to slow the spread of this hepatitis A.
“Vaccination plus hand-washing really reduces the risk of folks that’ll come down with hepatitis A.”
Columbus Public Health immunization clinics five days a week for people to get vaccinated.