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8 Best Ways to Prevent Hepatitis A

Posted by on May 19, 2013

washing handsHepatitis A is the most common form of viral hepatitis, accounting for about 60% of all hepatitis cases diagnosed. It occurs when a person is infected by the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). The virus is commonly spread through the fecal-oral route which means it is spread through person-to-person contact and ingesting contaminated food or water.

Since hepatitis A infection are transmitted through the fecal-oral route, promoting a good personal hygiene and avoid direct contact with an infected person’s blood or stools are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A infection.

The following are some things that you can do to help you get started.

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper. This is very important especially when you’re going to preparing foods.
  2. Keep bathroom clean
  3. Make sure all household utensils clean
  4. Avoid using household utensils that a person with hepatitis A may touch or use
  5. Avoid sexual contact with a person with hepatitis A
  6. Avoid injected drug use. If you do, don’t share the needles
  7. Drink water from trusted source only
  8. Get vaccinated if you are travelling to countries with high rates of hepatitis A infection

Unvaccinated people who have been exposed to hepatitis A may be able to prevent hepatitis A by receiving injection with immune gobulin (IG) or the hepatitis A vaccine. However, it must be given within 2 weeks after exposure to be effective.