Hundreds more Charlotte residents receive hepatitis A vaccines Sunday

Hundreds more Charlotte residents sought hepatitis A vaccines Sunday after learning last week that a restaurant may have exposed them to the virus, bringing to 1,650 the number of people who have been vaccinated, officials said.

Residents flocked to the clinic at the Cato campus of Central Piedmont Community College on Sunday. The clinic is not far from the Papa John’s at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, where an employee was recently diagnosed with the virus.

Sunday’s clinic saw about 350 people over roughly 4 1/2 hours, said Rick Christenbury, a Mecklenburg County spokesman.

But those numbers were lower than county officials saw on Friday and Saturday, Christenbury said. “It’s slow, but steady,” he said.

The Health Department location at 2845 Beatties Ford Road will operate extended hours on Monday to accommodate walk-ins and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Any residents who ate at the Papa John’s on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 30 and April 7 should get a hepatitis A vaccination, Christenbury said. The vaccine is effective for residents exposed within the last 14 days.

Hepatitis A symptoms include fever, feeling unwell, loss of appetite and abdominal discomfort.

For more information visit www.meckhealth.org. Cabarrus residents should visit www.cabarrushealth.org.

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