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Disease Control Hepatitis A Information

Shots, Requirements, Ordinance


Hepatitis A Vaccination Locations

Individuals may go to their own doctors or health care providers; or visit the county health centers:

 

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  • John C. Murphy Health Center

    6121 North Hanley Road

    Berkeley, MO 63134

    Phone: (314) 615-0500

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  • South County Health Center

    4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard

    Sunset Hills, MO 63127

    Phone: (314) 615-0400


    Or Other community organizations including the following:


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  • SSM Corporate Services

    Phone: (314) 781-3848

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  • BarnesCare

    Phone: (314) 331-0602

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  • Maxim Health Systems

    Phone: (866) 844-9257

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  • VNA

    Phone: (314) 918-7171

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  • Unity Corporate Health

    Phone: (314) 364-3000



    Hepatitis A Ordinance

    The Saint Louis County Council passed an ordinance on December 16, 1999, requiring food handlers be vaccinated against hepatitis A. This ordinance went into effect July 1, 2000.


    The law requires vaccination against hepatitis A for persons who prepare, handle or touch any food (except uncut produce) intended for individual consumption. The law applies to all food handlers, including those in restaurants, day care centers, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and catering operations. Employers must keep records to show the health inspectors that their employees are in compliance.


    Two shots are needed: an initial vaccination, and a booster within six to twelve months.


    Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver, which can be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected individual. Health officials stress that careful hand washing after using the toilet or changing diapers is very important to prevent the spread of disease, even after being vaccinated. For more information, please call the Saint Louis County Department of Health at (314) 615-8900.




    Copy of Hepatitis A Ordinance


    Substitute Bill No. 1 for

    BILL NO. 473, 1999

    ORDINANCE NO.19,770, 1999


    Introduced by Councilman Wagener


    AN ORDINANCE


    AMENDING CHAPTER 807, TITLE VIII SLCRO 1974 AS AMENDED, "RESTAURANTS," BY ENACTING AND ADDING THERETO A NEW SECTION TO BE KNOWN AS SECTION 807.305 CONCERNING HEPATITIS A VACCINATION, AND BY REPEALING SECTIONS 807.870 AND 807.880 AND ENACTING IN LIEU THEREOF TWO NEW SECTIONS PERTAINING TO THE SAME SUBJECT.


    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:


    SECTION 1. Chapter 807, Title VIII SLCRO 1974 as amended, "Restaurants," is amended by enacting and adding thereto one new section which shall be as follows:


    807.305 Hepatitis A vaccination. – 1. No person shall be employed as a food handler for more than two weeks unless and until such person shall provide to his or her employer written certification by a health care provider that:


    (a) the person is immune from hepatitis A; or


    (b) the person has been vaccinated against hepatitis A, including a booster shot within six (6) to twelve (12) months of the original vaccination; or


    (c) the person has received the initial vaccination against hepatitis A; however, said person must then provide the restaurant owner(s) a health care provider's certification of the required booster shot within one year of the date of the original vaccination.


    2. Employers of food handlers shall retain all written certifications provided pursuant to this ordinance throughout the period of each person's employment at the facility and make records available to the Department of Health upon request.


    3. For purposes of this section, "food handler" shall mean a person who is employed by any person or entity in any capacity which requires the preparation, handling or touching of any food (except uncut produce), utensils, serving items or kitchen or serving area surfaces or materials, in a place where food that is intended for individual service and consumption is routinely provided completely prepared, regardless of whether consumption is on or off the premises and regardless of whether there is a charge for the food. Such places include restaurants, hospital cafeterias, school and nursing home kitchens, day care facilities, residential group homes, caterers, banquet facilities, coffee shops, cafeterias, short order cafes, luncheonettes, taverns, sandwich stands, soda fountains, food vending carts and all other eating or drinking establishments, as well as kitchens, commissaries or other places in which food or drink is prepared for individual sale elsewhere. The term does not include a private home where food is prepared for noncommercial home use, and it does not include the location of food vending machines.


    4. The requirements of this section shall not apply to women while they are pregnant, nor to those persons who object to vaccination because of religious beliefs or because of medical contraindications which are verified in writing by a duly licensed physician.


    SECTION 2. Chapter 807, Title VIII SLCRO 1974 as amended, "Restaurants," is amended by deleting Sections 807.870 and 807.880 and enacting two new sections in lieu thereof as follows:


    807.870 Hospitals and Nursing Homes Excepted. – A restaurant operated by a hospital or nursing home primarily for the preparation and service of food to patients or residents of the said hospital or nursing home shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter except for the provisions of Section 807.305, so long as the State of Missouri conducts inspections thereof at least two (2) times per year; and provided further that the said restaurant does not jeopardize the public health.


    807.880 Day Care Homes Providing Care for More than Ten Children-Exceptions, Special Requirements. – 1. The food services operations of day care homes and day nurseries where no potentially hazardous food (other than milk or juice packaged in containers for individual consumption) is served are exempt from the provisions of this chapter, so long as the facility does not jeopardize the public health.


    2. The food services operations of day care homes and day nurseries providing care for more than ten children, where potentially hazardous food (other than milk or juice packaged in containers for individual consumption) is served are exempt from the provisions of Sections 807.040 through 807.850 except for the provisions of Section 807.305, but are subject to the provisions of Section 807.885.


    SECTION 3. This ordinance shall become effective six months after the date of enactment.


    ADOPTED: DECEMBER 16, 1999


    JEFF WAGENER

    CHAIRMAN, COUNTY COUNCIL


    APPROVED: DECEMBER 16, 1999


    BUZZ WESTFALL

    COUNTY EXECUTIVE


    ATTEST: JEANETTE O. HOOK

    DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR