More about Hepatitis A and ITS Prevention

Cause

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus.

Impact

  • Globally, approximately 14 lakh cases of symptomatic Hepatitis A infections are reported every year.
  • 60% of Fulminant Hepatic failure case are due to Hepatitis A.

Prevention

Drinking clean water, maintaining good sanitation and Vaccination against Hepatitis A are the possible measures to prevent the disease

Age of vaccination

Hepatitis A vaccine can be taken by children and adolescents aged 1 year and older. Consult your doctor for more information on Hepatitis A Vaccination.

What is hepatitis?

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, Its function can be affected.

What is Hepatitis A and how does it spread?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.
Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?

Not everyone who is infected has symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after infection and can include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Grey-colored stools
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine

How common is Hepatitis A and what is its impact?

  • Globally, ~14 Lakh cases of symptomatic Hepatitis- A are reported every year.
  • Children eating out are at increased risk of Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A can lead to hospitalization, missed school/work and high medical costs

Can Hepatitis A be prevented?

Yes. Hepatitis A infection can be prevented by following means:

  • By drinking clean water and maintaining good sanitation at home and your surroundings.
  • Vaccination against Hepatitis A helps to prevent the disease

What should i know about Hepatitis A vaccination?

Hepatitis A vaccine can be taken by children and adolescents aged 1 year and older. If your child has not been vaccinated with Hepatitis A vaccine previously, Consult your doctor for information on Hepatitis A vaccination

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