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Hepatitis A Info


Hepatitis A Information
 

Hepatitis A virus (HAV), is a vaccine-preventable disease transmitted fecal-orally, person-to-person, or through other items such as food. Signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis A include fever, malaise, dark urine, anorexia, nausea, and abdominal discomfort, followed by jaundice. Many cases, especially in children, are mild or asymptomatic. 


Sexual and household contacts of HAV-infected persons are at increased risk for getting the disease. The average incubation period is 28 days (range 15–50 days). Recovery usually occurs within one month. Infection confers life-long immunity. People who are homeless and service providers working with homeless populations are at high risk for contracting this disease. 
Please view commonly asked questions about Hepatitis A below.

THE BEST PREVENTION FOR HEPATITIS A IS TO GET VACCINATED

You can get the Hepatitis A vaccine from your health care provider, or enter your zipcode for a clinic providing the HAV vaccine near you 

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County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Press Release on Hepatitis A Outbreak

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious (spreads person-to-person) liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (germ). Mild cases can last a few weeks while severe cases can last several months.

Not everyone shows symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after infection. Symptoms can include:
• Fever
• Feeling tired
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Stomach pain
• Dark urine (pee)
• Grey stool     
• Joint pain
• Yellowing of the skin and eyes

Hepatitis A spreads by putting something in your mouth (object, food, or drink) that has been in contact with the feces (poop) of an infected person. Hepatitis A can be spread by:
• Forgetting to wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers
• Having sexual contact with infected partner(s)
• Consuming food or drinks that are contaminated by the vi

People who are homeless are at the highest risk for getting hepatitis A. Anyone can get hepatitis A, but you are at a higher risk if you:
• Are homeless
• Are a service provider working with homeless populations
• Use recreational drugs
• Are a man who have sex with men
• Travel or live in countries where hepatitis A is common
• Live with someone who has hepatitis A
• Have sexual contact with someone who has hepatitis

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Visit your doctor’s office, or call 2-1-1 to find a local clinic or doctor. You can also prevent the spread of hepatitis A by washing hands with soap and warm water:
• Before eating or preparing food
• After using the bathroom or changing diapers

The people who should get vaccinated include: 
• Homeless people
• Homeless service providers
• All children at age 1-year
• Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common
• Family and caregivers of adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common
• Men who have sex with men
• Recreational drug users
• People with chronic liver disease or hepatitis B or C
• People with clotting-factor disorders

You can visit your doctor or the pharmacy to receive the HAV vaccine or enter your zip code below to find a clinic near you. 

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