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660 Get Hepatitis A Vaccinations Due to Exposure at Dixie Doughnuts

The Wilkes County Health Department administered hepatitis A vaccinations to 660 people after an employee of a local food establishment was diagnosed with the virus on May 13, said Debbie Nicholson, the department’s director of nursing.

Mrs. Nicholson said the shots were given to people who came to the health department for a special hepatitis A clinic during extended hours May 18 and 19 and later during regular health department hours through this past Friday.

She said the only people vaccinated were those who possibly could have been exposed to the virus through the case involving a Dixie Doughnuts employee diagnosed with hepatitis A on May 13. People were screened to determine possible exposure.

Mrs. Nicholson said the only people possibly exposed were those who bought food or consumed food bought by someone else at Dixie Doughnuts on N.C. 268 West near Wilkesboro between 7 a m. and 1 p.m., May 8; 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 9; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 10; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 12.

She said nursing supervisors pitched in with giving the vaccinations to help move things along and avoid bringing in extra help.

Dixie Doughnuts owner Lee Lassiter said the employee diagnosed with hepatitis A was a trainee who only worked at Dixie Doughnuts a short time.

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