Free Hepatitis A shots for anyone who ate at Tortilla Marissa’s

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Free Hepatitis A shots are being given, provided by The Fort Collins Department of Health, for anyone who has eaten at Tortilla Marissa’s in Fort Collins in the past two weeks.

The department, located at 1525 Blue Spruce Dr., will be providing free shots for anyone who has eaten at the restaurant since June 15 (dine-in or takeout) from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 29, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 29.

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It’s recommended to pre-register, as it will reduce wait times for receiving either a Hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin injection.

Vaccinations can also be found at private health care providers and at local Walgreens, Safeway and King Soopers. Contact them if you are unable to see your health care provider or local health department.

Those who consumed food or beverages from the restaurant prior to June 15 might be exposed but a shot would not offer protection from any potential exposure. They should monitor their health for Hepatitis A symptoms and contact their doctor if any symptoms develop.

Some symptoms 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 four weeks after ingesting the virus.

Anyone who develops symptoms should not prepare food for others  especially food workers, health care workers and day care workers.

For more information contact the Colorado Health Emergency Line for Public Information at 1-877-462-2911 or the Fort Collins Health Department at 970-498-6706.