Prevention of Hepatitis A


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Prevention list: Methods of prevention of Hepatitis A mentioned in various sources includes those listed below. This prevention information is gathered from various sources, and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Hepatitis A.

Prevention of Hepatitis A: The hepatitis A vaccine; also, avoiding tap water when traveling internationally and practicing good hygiene and sanitation. 1

Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing the disease. 2

Immune globulin is more than 85 percent effective in preventing hepatitis A virus infection when given within 2 weeks of exposure to the hepatitis A virus. The dose is 0.02 mL/kg injected into the gluteal muscle in adults or the anterolateral thigh muscle in children under 2 years. Concurrent hepatitis A vaccination may also be appropriate in people 2 years and older.3

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Viral Hepatitis A to E and Beyond: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Facts About Hepatitis A and C: CDC-OC
3. excerpt from Vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B: NIDDK

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