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by Alan R

(Hep A)

 

Prevention

To decrease your chance of hepatitis A:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Wash your hands before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid using household utensils that a person with hepatitis A may touch. Make sure all household utensils are carefully cleaned.
  • Avoid sexual contact with a person with hepatitis A.
  • Avoid injected drug use. If you do, do not share needles.
  • If you travel to a high risk region, take the following precautions:
    • Drink bottled water
    • Avoid ice chips
    • Wash fruits well
    • Eat well-cooked food
Medical treatments that may help prevent infection include:
Check with your doctor to see if you should receive the vaccine.
 

RESOURCES

American Liver Foundation
http://www.liverfoundation.org

Hepatitis Foundation International
http://www.hepfi.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Institute for Health Information
http://www.cihi.ca

Canadian Liver Foundation
http://www.liver.ca

 

References


Baker CJ, Pickerling LK, et al; Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, 2011. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(3):168-173.


Hepatitis A. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what. Updated December 19, 2012. Accessed February 20, 2013.


Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/A/aFAQ.htm#overview. Updated September 17, 2009. Accessed February 20, 2013.


Hepatitis A vaccine. What you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hep-a.pdf. Accessed February 20, 2012.


What I need to know about hepatitis A. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/hepa%5Fez/index.aspx. Updated December 19, 2012. Accessed February 20, 2013.


Workowski KA, Berman S, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010. MMWR. 2010;59(No. RR-12):1-110.


9/25/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance. http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for use of hepatitis A vaccine in close contacts of newly arriving international adoptees. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009;58:1006.

 

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