What is Hepatitis A?

There are a few different types of Hepatitis out there, but today we are going to spend time addressing Hepatitis A (Hep A). Learning the difference between Hep A, B, and C is crucial because the treatment and symptoms are different. Read on to learn more about what Hep A is, its symptoms, and the vaccine that protects against it.

What is Hepatitis A?
  • A viral infection is transmitted by contaminated food and water.
Who is at risk for getting Hep A?
  • International travelers
  • Some restaurants
  • Daycare centers
  • Schools
What are the symptoms?
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)

Unfortunately, some people do not develop any symptoms. The virus can last for up to four months.

Is there a vaccine and is it safe?
  • Yes and Yes!
  • Children inoculated with the Hep A vaccine become immune and won’t get hepatitis A in the future. Because the virus in the vaccine is not live, they can not get hepatitis A from the vaccine.
  • About five to 10 of every 100 children given the Hep A vaccine will have pain, warmth, or swelling where the shot was given and about five of every 100 will have a headache.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children receive two vaccine doses to prevent hepatitis A.



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