(LEX 18) — As more cases of Hepatitis A continue to be confirmed across Kentucky, doctor’s offices, clinics and pharmacies are noticing a surge in patients trying to get vaccinated.
New cases were reported last week at a Hardee’s and Waffle house in Lexington, along with a Waffle house and an Applebees in Winchester.
This week an Owsley County school worker and a Bauer’s Candies worker in Anderson county were diagnosed with the virus.
That’s why many businesses and schools are making the vaccine mandatory. Local health officials are also urging everyone to get vaccinated.
Dr. Elizabeth Hasse at Commonwealth Pediatrics says she’s had a lot of parents coming in to ask about the vaccine. The Hep A vaccine comes in two doses, which are administered six months apart and that provide decades of protection.
“Really anyone can get it, that’s why I use that anology of a stomach bug. You realize how quickly and easily that spreads,” Hasse said.
Some clinics have reported they are running low on vaccines, or they’re waiting to get more in stock. Make sure you call ahead if you plan to get vaccinated.