Mecklenburg County health officials are now urging anyone who has eaten at a local Hardees restaurant over the past couple weeks to get a Hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible.
A worker at the Little Rock Road Hardee’s location was diagnosed with Hepatitis A on June 25;
The Hardees employee is now the 6th case identified by the CDC this month in Mecklenburg County that is part of a state-wide outbreak.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that spreads with a virus through the fecal-oral route, when a contagious person forgets to wash their hands after using the bathroom, through eating contaminated foods, or by having sexual contact with an infected person.
“After consulting with the State today, we are recommending a vaccination for exposed employees and patrons who ate at the 2604 Little Rock Road location between June 13 and 23,” Public Health Director Gibbie Harris commented. “According to the CDC, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure for the vaccine to be effective.”
Anyone who’s eaten at the restaurant since June 13th is “strongly urged” to get a shot as soon as possible.
Charlotte public health officials will now be conducting vaccination clinics for anyone exposed to Hardees or those who have high-risk factors.
Vaccination clinics will be held:
- Wednesday, June 27 from 8 a.m. – 7.p.m, and Thursday, June 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd. and Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte.
- Friday, June 29 from 3 p.m. – 8p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
- Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St, Charlotte.