Fort Wayne/Allen County Health Department Gave Out 1,100 Shots Over Weekend

More Hepatitis A Vaccines En Route To Fort Wayne

By Corinne Rose
By Eric Dutkiewicz

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The Fort Wayne/Allen County Health Department is awaiting more Hepatitis A vaccinations after running out over the weekend.

More than 1,100 shots were given Monday, and now the Indiana State Department of Health is helping the local health department scour the rest of the country to send vaccines to Fort Wayne.

A food worker at 800° Three Fires Pizza, 5215 Illinois Rd, tested positive of the highly-contagious virus.

Health officials advise anyone who ate at the restaurant between May 20 and May 26 to get the free vaccine.

"We had a very good response," Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner, says. "our community is pretty good at taking advantage of these sorts of things. But I'm glad. That means we got people protected."

The window for getting a Hepititis A vaccine is 14 days, so health officials are prioritizing when people can get remaining shots.

The state health department is paying for the cost of vaccines, while the local health department absorbs the cost of supplies and staff overtime at the drive-through vaccination clinic.

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