Hepatitis A Signs & Symptoms
The symptoms of Hepatitis A can be mistaken for influenza and include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
Many people with Hepatitis A have no symptoms but can still spread the virus.
Hepatitis A Immunization Recommendations
Hepatitis A can be prevented by immunization and protects against the virus in more than 95% of cases. Two doses of the vaccine are needed for lasting protection and are given 6-18 months apart.
Protection against Hepatitis A begins approximately two to four weeks after the first injection. A second injection results in long-term protection.
Immunization is recommended for women who:
- Have chronic or long-term liver disease
- Are household members or caregivers of a person infected with Hepatitis A
- Have clotting-factor disorders, such as hemophilia
- Travel to or live in countries where Hepatitis A is common.
- Have sexual contact with someone who has Hepatitis A
- Use certain illegal drugs, whether injected or not
- Work with Hepatitis A virus in a research laboratory or with animals infected with the virus.
- Simply wish to be protected from the disease whether they have risk factors or not
Hepatitis A Links & Resources
The links provided below offer more information about Hepatitis A and Hepatitis A immunizations.
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