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Attorneys Call for Mandatory Hepatitis-A Vaccinations for all Foodservice Workers


November 4, 2003

SEATTLE - The attorneys at Marler Clark, the Seattle law firm nationally known for its successful representation of victims of foodborne illness, have been contacted by several victims of the hepatitis-A outbreak linked to the Chi Chi’s restaurant located in the Beaver Valley Mall, Monaca, Beaver County, during the month of October. Concerned restaurant-goers who dined at the restaurant through November 2 have also contacted the attorneys with questions regarding immune globulin shots they have been encouraged to get to avoid infection.

“This outbreak provides further support for mandatory hepatitis-A vaccinations for all foodservice workers,” said Andy Weisbecker, attorney with Marler Clark. “It seems that a month hardly passes without another warning from a health department somewhere that people should go to their doctor, or troop down to their local public health clinic, to get a shot of immune globulin to protect against this preventable infection.”

“At some point, if the industry does not act and vaccinate food workers on its own, it is going to face mandatory regulations that will require them to do so, because absent vaccinations and an effective and rigorous hand washing policy, there will be many more outbreaks,” added Weisbecker.

Continue reading Attorneys Call for Mandatory Hepatitis-A Vaccinations for all Foodservice Workers on the Marler Clark website.

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