Patrons who ate at Hardee’s restaurant on Little Rock Road in Charlotte between June 13 and 23 should receive a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible.
Director Gibbie Harris announced today that the outbreak identified by the State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month in Mecklenburg County has led to five additional cases since June 6, including a Hardee’s employee diagnosed Monday.
“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,” Harris said. “According to the CDC, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure for the vaccine to be effective.”
People who dined at Hardees on Little Rock Road on June 13 and 14 are strongly urged to get a vaccination in the next two days.
Public Health announced June 6 that North Carolina Public Health officials and the CDC declared an outbreak of the liver disease in Mecklenburg County. Five additional cases of hepatitis A have been identified for a total of ten confirmed cases since April 20. Those who have had a hepatitis A infection, or one hepatitis A vaccination, are protected from the virus and do not need to take action.
The fifth day of hepatitis A vaccination clinics has closed for the evening, but more vaccination clinics are set for this week, including the Independence Day holiday.
Those who may have been exposed, or are at risk of contracting the liver infection, may receive a vaccine at no cost.
There is plenty of vaccine on hand in Mecklenburg County. In addition, the State has provided vaccines to all North Carolina public health departments.
Public Health vaccination clinics for customers who might have been exposed and for residents who meet the high-risk factors for hepatitis A will be held:
- Monday, July 2, Tuesday, July 3, Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6 – Public Health clinic locations at 2845 Beatties Ford Road and 249 Billingsley Road, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 4 – 2845 Beatties Ford Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, July 7 – 2845 Beatties Ford Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.