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Raleigh County Health Dept. offering free Hep A vaccine to some Cheddar’s customers

UPDATE: Officials with the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Dept. have announced the department will be offering free Hepatitis A vaccines to customers of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen through Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

The free vaccines are only available for customers of the restaurant between October 20th and October 31st, 2018, explained Administrator Candace Hurd.

“There’s no need for anyone to get tested unless they’re having symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, the whites of their eyes are yellow, unusual urine or stools. What we’re trying to do is prevent disease.”

The health department will hold special hours on Saturday to accommodate Cheddar’s customers from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. Then, Hurd said there will be two more dates available within the window for the free vaccine on Tuesday and Wednesday, from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Hurd said customers will not need to bring any form of proof they ate at the restaurant.

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) The Beckley-Raleigh County Health Dept. has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Beckley, according to a release sent out by the department on Friday.

“The restaurant is currently working with the health department to prevent any new cases from arising in the community,” read the release.

“While the risk of contracting Hepatitis A from Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is low, people who have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A and who consumed food at the restaurant between October 20, 2018 and October 31, 2018 should consider getting the Hepatitis A vaccine not more than two weeks from the potential exposure to help prevent infection.”

The health department said inspectors were on site at the establishment and spent time talking with employees while observing food handling procedures.

“The restaurant is taking the proper steps to clean and sanitize the facility,” the release went on. “No cases resulting from exposure while visiting the restaurant have been reported. Most cases reported throughout the state have been person-to-person contact occurring primarily among people who are transients, those who are homeless, persons who use injection and non-injection drugs, and their close direct contacts.”

William Farley, General Mgr. of Cheddar’s in Beckley issued the following statement:

“While Hepatitis A is not easily transmitted from one person to another, we’ve been working closely with the local health department to ensure  we have all of the right processes in place to protect our team members and guests.”