More than 1,800 people get hep A vaccination after public health alert

NANAIMO – Island Health issues public health alert after Nanaimo Superstore employee tests positive for hepatitis A.

More than 1,800 people have been vaccinated for hepatitis A in the wake of a public health alert about a Nanaimo Superstore employee who tested positive for the virus.

Island Health has been offering vaccination clinics as a precautionary measure for those at risk of hepatitis A after a Nanaimo Superstore employee tested positive for the virus, including Nanaimo Superstore employees and members of the public that purchased raw produce and unwrapped food that wasn’t further cooked over the past two weeks.

Vaccinations are recommended for those who bought from the store at specific dates and times, including the late afternoon and evening Feb. 27, all day March 1 and the evening of March 4. Shoppers who used the self checkout are not considered to be at risk and the alert does not apply to food products at other Superstore outlets.

For more information on the alert and clinics, please visit www.viha.ca/locations/health_units.htm.

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