The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is sending you this message to provide you a list of resources where foodhandlers can obtain a Hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A Vaccination Resources for Food Handlers PDF
We want to encourage foodhandlers to take advantage of their occupational health programs, health insurance, and pharmacies where the vaccine is being offered, to obtain their vaccine. If foodhandlers do not have health insurance or are underinsured, they can visit a County Public Health Immunization Clinic or a local Community Health Center. For a list of locations, they can call 2-1-1 or visit the San Diego Immunization Program’s website. Otherwise, they can attend one of the vaccination events that the County will be hosting in certain areas. They can find out about these events by calling 2-1-1.
As a reminder, Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that is spread when a person ingests food or water that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person. It is usually transmitted when an infected person has not properly washed his or her hands after using the bathroom or before preparing and eating food. For additional information see our Hepatitis A disinfection guidelines.
To prevent the spread of illness:
– Ensure employees are handwashing with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, before preparing, serving, or eating food, switching tasks, and after any possible contamination.
– Regularly clean restrooms (staff and public) and common areas of your restaurant using a bleach solution that contains 1-2/3 cup of bleach for each gallon of water. Have staff wear disposable gloves while cleaning and wash their hands after removing the gloves.
– Do not allow food handlers to work when ill or return to work until they have been symptom-free for two days.
For questions regarding this outbreak or additional information on handwashing and cleaning procedures, please contact DEH’s Epidemiology Liaison at (858) 505-6814.
For additional information, see our fact sheet about Hepatitis A symptoms and resources. You can also check our website for regular updates as well as the Health and Human Services Agency website.