Vaccine clinic scheduled Saturday for Papa John’s patrons

04/11/2014 3:20 PM

04/11/2014 3:22 PM

Health officials from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties have planned a joint vaccine clinic Saturday for people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A after eating food from the Papa John’s at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, Charlotte.

The free clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central Piedmont Community College Cato campus, Cato 2 Building, 8120 Grier Road. Health officials have encouraged anyone who ate at the Papa John’s between March 29 and April 7 to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Customers may have come in contact with the virus after a Papa John’s worker became ill March 24. He wasn’t diagnosed until April 7 after he was hospitalized. Mecklenburg Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia said the vaccine works when given within 14 days of exposure, so people who may have been exposed before March 29 would no longer benefit.

Symptoms of the illness include nausea, vomiting and jaundice, which would cause yellowing of the eyes and skin. Anyone who is already experiencing symptoms should seek medical care, Plescia said.

The Mecklenburg Health Department at 2845 Beatties Ford Road will be open for extended hours Monday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to accommodate demand. No appointments are necessary.

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