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Hepatitis A

Caused by the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)

  • Transmitted through contaminated food and water.
  • There is no chronic infection (no long-term liver damage).
  • Once you have been infected with hepatitis A, you cannot get it again.
  • Good personal hygiene and proper sanitation can help prevent hepatitis A.
  • A safe vaccine is available for children 12 months and older, as well as teens and adults.


Page last reviewed February 2014


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