What is Hepatitis A? (CDC.com)
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver infection, most commonly spread through eating contaminated food or drinks.
Symptoms of hepatitis A can last up to 2 months and include…
- Stomach pain
How is the hepatitis A virus transmitted?
Hepatitis A is transmitted through the fecal-oral route. This can happen through:
- Close person-to-person contact with an infected person
- Sexual contact with an infected person
- Ingestion of contaminated food or water
People at increased risk for severe disease from HAV infection
- People with chronic liver disease
- People with human immunodeficiency virus infection
- International travelers
- People experiencing homelessness
How is hepatitis A virus infection prevented?
Vaccination with the full, two-dose series of hepatitis A vaccine is the best way to prevent infection. Hepatitis A vaccine has been licensed in the United States for use in people 1 year of age and older.
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