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South Carolina Gives 4,809 Hepatitis A Vaccines After Hardee’s Exposure

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As of September 25th, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it has provided 4,809 vaccinations through its hepatitis A vaccine clinics in Spartanburg and Greenville.

Vaccinations are being offered to individuals who might have been exposed to hepatitis A at two Hardee’s restaurants located in Spartanburg County. The restaurants are located at 12209 Greenville Highway in Lyman and 1397 E. Main St. in Duncan.

To serve customers and staff, DHEC will operate a clinic at the Spartanburg County Health Department on Saturday, September 26th from 9 a.m. to noon. Clinic operations will continue on Monday, September 28th.

Customers and staff who, as of September 25th, ate at the Lyman-area restaurant September 11th through September 15th, or the Duncan-area restaurant September 11th through September 13th, should receive post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A. Post-exposure treatment is recommended for individuals if it can be administered less than two weeks from their date of consuming anything from the restaurants.

Customers and staff who ate at the restaurants between August 31st and September 10th are not likely to benefit from post-exposure treatment. Anyone who ate at these Hardee’s restaurants between these dates should watch for symptoms of infection, such as nausea, vomiting, and jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Seek medical care if symptoms develop.

Marler Clark has filed a Class Action lawsuit against Hardee’s in South Carolina. Here are some historical examples of other Class Actions involving those who received shots:

  • Approximately 1,300 persons as part of a class action on behalf of persons who received IG shots due to an HAV outbreak in June and July 2000 in Spokane, Washington, which was associated with food served at a Carl’s Jr. fast-food restaurant;
  • More than 1,500 individuals in a class action related to a previous HAV outbreak at the D’Angelo’s in Swansea, Massachusetts in 2001;
  • Approximately 9,000 persons who received IG shots due to an outbreak of HAV at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2003;
  • Approximately 3,800 persons as part of a class action on behalf of persons who received IG shots due to an HAV exposure in June 2004 at a Friendly’s restaurant in Arlington, Massachusetts;
  • Approximately 850 persons as part of a class action on behalf of persons who received IG shots due to an HAV exposure at a Quizno’s in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004;
  • Over 3,000 persons who received IG shots due to potential HAV exposure in January 2007 at a Houlihan’s restaurant in Geneva, Illinois;
  • More than 5,000 persons who were required to get vaccinations against HAV following exposure at a McDonald’s restaurant in Milan, Illinois in 2009;
  • Approximately 3,000 claimants who dined at The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina who thereby were required to get vaccinations against HAV following their potential exposure to hepatitis A;
  • All persons who consumed food and drink at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Northport, Alabama on March 14, 2012 or on March 16, 2012, and who thereby were required to get vaccinations against HAV following their potential exposure to HAV;
  • More than 700 claimants who consumed food or drink purchased at a Papa John’s restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina in March and April 2014, and who thereby were required to get vaccinations against HAV following their potential exposure to hepatitis A;
  • Approximately 2,400 persons who received HAV vaccines in 2014 due to exposure at a Charlotte, North Carolina Papa Johns;
  • Approximately 2,700 persons who received HAV vaccines in 2014 due to exposure at a Springfield, Missouri Red Robin; and
  • Presently Marler Clark is class counsel for nationwide putative HAV class involving as many as 25,000 claimants.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food. The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.