Hepatitis A

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…

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Jaundice

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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