Protect Your Child from Hepatitis A
by Timothy J. Flynn, M.D.
Did you know?
Did you know there is currently a Hepatitis A outbreak in Philadelphia? In the past year there have been over 400 cases of Hepatitis A. That is 100 times the normal rate of Hepatitis A infection!
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus transmitted through contaminated food, shared needles, and sexual contact. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months. Symptoms vary but the most common are stomach upset, diarrhea, fever, and fatigue.
The good news is there is a vaccine to prevent this illness. Since 2006 there has been a recommendation for all children to receive the 2 dose vaccination between the first and 2nd birthdays. However, it is possible that older children and adults have not gotten the vaccine. To discuss the need for the hepatitis A vaccine, contact us.