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.

https://hip.phila.gov/EmergentHealthTopics/HepA

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