More than 2,500 people seek hepatitis A vaccines in Sullivan County

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- Officials at the Sullivan County Regional Health Department in Blountville told News Channel 11 Thursday afternoon they’ve administered 2,529 hepatitis A vaccines.

That number jumped by more than 1,000 vaccines since Wednesday.

The surge in vaccines comes after an employee at the McAlister’s Deli in Kingsport was diagnosed with acute hepatitis A.

Sullivan County Regional Medical Director Dr. Stephen May says anyone who ate at the restaurant from March 11-27 should consider getting the vaccine.

For customers who ate at McAlister’s Deli in that time frame, Dr. May said those customers have about two weeks to get the shot. 

The health department is offering free hepatitis A vaccines at:

  • Sullivan County Regional Health Department (Main Campus),
    154 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN 37617
  • Sullivan County Regional Health Department (Kingsport Office),
    1041 East Sullivan Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

For more information, visit sullivanhealth.org, or call 423-279-2777.

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