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Siler City Burger King customers urged to get shots

Posted August 13, 2010 5:31 p.m. EDT
Updated August 13, 2010 7:43 p.m. EDT

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— If you ate at the Siler City Burger King on Aug. 2 or 3, make time for a shot in your weekend plans.

The Chatham County Public Health Department issued a statement late Friday urging patrons of the restaurant, at 1712 E. 11th St., to be vaccinated for hepatitis A after an employee there tested positive for the virus.

Immunizations will be offered for free at the health department, at 1000 S. 10th Ave., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The vaccine can prevent infection up to 14 days after exposure, so those who ate at the Burger King should get an injection by Aug. 17, the health department said.

The hepatitis A virus is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter – even in microscopic amounts – from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces or stool of an infected person.