Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinics Scheduled
Thank you for your patience as we work through all the details of the rapidly changing situation around vaccination for Hepatitis A. We want to be sure only to put out complete and accurate information to avoid adding to confusion and misinformation regarding this. We have spent the weekend working with the state and our suppliers to obtain additional vaccine.
The Hepatitis A vaccination clinic will start this afternoon at 4 pm in the Chan Center at Cary Medical Center. At this time we expect to receive enough vaccine to vaccinate those that ate at Burger Boy on May 6 and 7, 2019. We are prioritizing those two dates because those who ate on May 6 will no longer benefit from being vaccinated, and after tomorrow those who ate on May 7 will no longer benefit from being vaccinated.
More vaccine is on order and will be available for those who ate at Burger Boy after the 7th of May on Tuesday and Wednesday at further clinics. We will release details on what is available each day as we have the information. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and local media for updates.
Now, to answer some questions that have come up:
The Hepatitis A vaccine is safe in pregnancy.
While Hepatitis A has been a part of the recommended vaccine schedule since 1996, it takes time to integrate new recommendations into practice. Most children were not routinely vaccinated until the early 2010’s. Please check your child’s vaccine records. If they have been vaccinated they do not need another vaccine.
Likewise, if you have been vaccinated for some reason as an adult, within the last twenty years, you do not need to be re-vaccinated.
Again, we will be having a clinic beginning at 4 pm this afternoon prioritizing people who ate at Burger Boy on May 6 and 7, 2019. If you ate there prior to that date, you are beyond the window where vaccination will provide protection to you. If you ate there after those two days you still have time to be vaccinated and we will be having more clinics through the week to accommodate you.
Finally, a reminder that any risk from eating at Burger Boy has passed and there is no reason not to patronize them at this point. This could happen at any restaurant in the country.
For more information please see: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm#overview
If you have specific questions about your unique healthcare status please contact your primary care provider.