In the wake of last night’s announcement from the City of Lubbock that patrons at a Lubbock restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, the City of Lubbock Health Department will offer free Hepatitis A vaccines for the next four days.  

The vaccines will be given out at the Lubbock Civic Center tomorrow from noon until 7, Saturday from 9 to 6, Sunday from Noon to 6 and Monday from 10 until 4.  The city asks that only those people who ate at Cheddar’s on the South Loop between August 31 to September 8 come and get the free vaccine.  Anyone with a history of Hepatitis A or who has previously received the vaccine doesn’t need to be vaccinated again. Parents of children receiving the vaccine need to provide a shot record if one exists.

Last night, the City of Lubbock announced that a Cheddar's employee who has not worked at the restaurant since September 8th had been diagnosed with the viral illness and may have passed the virus on to others. The city said the incident has been traced to the employee and not to the restaurant itself.

Helaptitis A is a virtual infection of the liver. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, losss of apetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort and after a few days a yellowing of the skin.  The time between exposure and symptoms is typically 28 days.  Anyone with those symptoms should see a doctor.