Leland N Allen, MD
Specialty: Infectious Disease
Location and Office HoursSouth Eastern Infectious Disease
636 2nd St NE
Alabaster, AL 35007
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
- HealthSpring of Alabama
- United Healthcare
- Shelby Baptist Medical Center
Should I get vaccinated for hepatitis?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredYou'll need a one-time vaccine for hepatitis A and B if a doctor thinks it's necessary -- for example, because you are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive or exposed to blood on the job, or you travel to countries where the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is common. It's recommended not only for adults in certain high-risk groups, but also for anyone who wants to prevent HBV.
How long does acute hepatitis last?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Acute hepatitis can last from a few weeks to six months. Full recovery of the liver occurs within one to six months of clearing the infection. Although symptoms of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fever can occur suddenly, most symptoms subside after a few days. People with the hepatitis A virus will develop antibodies to this strain of hepatitis virus, preventing them from becoming infected with hepatitis A again.
How can I keep my child from picking up germs at school?
Scripps Health answeredElementary school students have plenty of interaction in the classroom, cafeteria and playground, so it’s no surprise that health issues occasionally crop up on campus. That’s why parents should take steps to help their children protect themselves from exposure to illness and injury during the school day.
Respiratory illnesses, the flu and stomach viruses are among the most common grade school ailments. Since viral infections are spread by contact from a sick child to a healthy one, frequent and thorough hand-washing is the best preventive measure. Encourage children to wash their hands often with soap and warm water, and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
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