Department: Health & Environment
Release Date: Jun 28, 2014
The Health Department will be providing shots free-of-charge on Sunday and Monday for customers who have eaten food prepared at Tortilla Marissa’s in Fort Collins in the past 14 days: that would be since June 15 (for the Sunday clinic) or since June 16 (for the Monday clinic.)
The free shots will be available only for customers who have eaten at the restaurant during that time.
The clinics will be held at the Fort Collins Health Department office, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, on Sunday, June 29th, from noon to 5 p.m. and on Monday, June 30, from 5pm – 8 pm.
On-line registration for the clinics is now available through a link at www.larimer.org. Online pre-registration for the clinics is strongly encouraged, as it will significantly reduce wait times to receive services.
Customers who consumed food or drinks (either dine-in or take-out) from the restaurant in the past 14 days could benefit from getting a Hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin (IG) injection to reduce the risk of illness. Both will be available for free at the Hepatitis A shot clinics. Those who ate at the restaurant more than 14 days ago might have been exposed, but a shot would not offer protection from any potential exposure to food from this restaurant. They should monitor their health and contact their health care provider if hepatitis symptoms develop.
Shots can also be obtained from private health care providers. Some pharmacies may be able to provide Hepatitis A vaccine, with a physician’s order, for those customers whose 14-day window will expire on June 27 or 28, if they cannot get into their provider’s office. People who have had at least one vaccination for hepatitis A or have had the illness in the past are protected from hepatitis A infection and do NOT need to receive any shots.
People who recently ate at Tortilla Marrisa’s who are not currently in the Larimer County area are urged to contact their state or local public health department or their health care provider to obtain necessary shots if they can do so within the 14-day window.
Symptoms of hepatitis A may include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, gray or white stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and/or skin). Symptoms are more severe in adults than children. For most people, symptoms usually appear about 4 weeks after ingesting the virus.
Anyone who develops symptoms should contact their health care provider and NOT prepare food for others. This is especially important for food workers, health care workers, and day care workers.
For information about hepatitis A and preventive treatment, please contact the Colorado Health Emergency Line for Public Information (CO-HELP) at 1-877-462-2911, or 303-389-1687. For additional questions, call the Health Department at 970-498-6706. Additional information about hepatitis A can also be found through www.larimer.org and on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/Hepatitis/A/index.htm