Symptoms of hepatitis A can last up to 2 months and include:
In the US, hepatitis B is relatively uncommon, with an estimated 21,600 new infections reported in 2018. Furthermore, the risk of infection varies by geographic region and demographic factors, with certain populations, such as those born in countries with high incidence rates, being at higher risk. Vaccination is recommended for all infants at birth and for individuals at increased risk of the disease, including healthcare workers and those with multiple sexual partners.
Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that spreads through person-to-person contact or by eating contaminated food or drink.
Anyone can get hepatitis A, but certain groups are at a higher risk, including:
Vaccination is recommended for all individuals aged 1 year and older to protect against the virus.
The best way to prevent Hepatitis A infection is through vaccination with the full, two-dose series of the hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine has been licensed for use in the United States for individuals aged one year and older. In addition to vaccination, practicing good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and avoiding contact with contaminated food or water, can also help prevent the spread of the virus.