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Can hepatitis be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hepatitis can be prevented. People in high-risk groups, like healthcare workers, people traveling to high-risk areas and people with autoimmune disorders should receive vaccination for hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Today, children are routinely vaccinated for hepatitis B when they are born or within the first year of life to prevent future infection. Immunoglobulin can also be used to prevent infection after exposure to a person recently infected with hepatitis A. A shot of immunoglobulin must be given right after exposure to be effective. To further reduce your risk for hepatitis and prevent infection, avoid the following behaviors:

  • Unprotected contact with blood and bodily fluids
  • Unprotected sex with multiple partners
  • Sharing eating or drinking ware or personal hygiene products
  • Overconsumption of alcohol and acetaminophen

In general, wash your hands before handling food and always after using the bathroom.

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