Hepatitis A vaccine

Monday, June 18, 2018

    We have received numerous requests asking about the Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. It is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. Among older children and adults, infection is typically symptomatic. Symptoms usually occur abruptly and can include the following:



            - Fever

            - Fatigue

            - Loss of appetite

            - Nausea

            - Vomiting

            - Abdominal pain

            - Dark urine

            - Clay-colored stools

            - Joint pain

            - Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)


              Seventy percent of infections in children younger than age 6 are not accompanied by symptoms. When symptoms are present, young children typically do not have jaundice.

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