Thousands of customers who ate at Charlotte Hardee’s should get hepatitis A vaccination

Close to 1,100 people had to wait in line and receive a free vaccination for hepatitis A on Wednesday after an exposure at a North Carolina Hardee’s.

The Mcklenburg County Health Department has pushed for people who ate at a Hardee’s at 2604 Little Rock Road in Charlotte to rush to get vaccinated. 

The dates under question are June 13 to the 23. 

A health director shared with WSOC-TV that it is imperative to get vaccinated 14 days after contact. 

The Mcklenburg County Health Department has pushed for people who ate at a Hardee's at 2604 Little Rock Road in Charlotte to rush to get vaccinated

The Mcklenburg County Health Department has pushed for people who ate at a Hardee’s at 2604 Little Rock Road in Charlotte to rush to get vaccinated

‘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,’ Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a statement. 

There have been 12 cases of hepatitis A so far this year, 10 since April 20. 

Since the outbreak was identified by the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month, there have been five more cases since June 6. 

An employee at Hardee’s was one of the ones diagnosed on Monday. 

As many as 4,000 people are said to have been at the establishment over that time frame. 

‘There’s enough problems out here. I don’t need any more,’ said Mark Fritze, who ate there two weeks ago. 

As many as 4,000 people are said to have been at the establishment over that time frame

As many as 4,000 people are said to have been at the establishment over that time frame

County officials are working with the state to warn other about a possible concern. 

Hepatitis A is a mild form of hepatisis. It causes flu-like sympots and in some cases, jaundice. 

It is normally transmitted when people don’t wash their hands. 

The restaurant closed on Tuesday, voluntarily. 

A statement from a Hardee’s spokesperson obtained by ABC 11 read:  

‘We can confirm that an employee at a franchise-owned Hardee’s restaurant at 2604 Little Rock Road in Charlotte, North Carolina was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Once CKE became aware, we immediately followed up with Mecklenburg County Public Health, which conducted an inspection on Monday, June 25. 

‘Although the health department determined a mandatory closure was unnecessary, out of an abundance of caution for our employees, guests and community, we supported the franchise owner’s voluntarily closure of the restaurant on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 26.

‘The franchise owner is working closely with the health department and is following all recommendations to ensure the health of our employees and customers. Based on guidance from the health department, we urge any guests who visited our Hardee’s restaurant at 2604 Little Rock Road between June 13 – 26 to get vaccinated. More information can be found at www.meckhealth.org.’

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