Hepatitis A: what you should know
What is it?
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus and can be prevented with a vaccine. It is transmitted person to person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water, and does not result in chronic infection. What are the symptoms?
Most adults with hepatitis A experience fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice that usually resolve within two months of infection.
How to prevent it
Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.
Where to get vaccinated
County health departments offer the vaccine. So do most pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens and Publix.