Hepatitis A Vaccine Available

Hepatitis A Vaccine Available

Recent outbreaks of Hepatitis A in the Tri-State have prompted many health officials to recommend patients get the Hepatitis A vaccine. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown-colored urine, light-colored stools and diarrhea. It is usually spread when someone unknowingly ingests the virus from food, drinks or objects contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

 

The vaccination – and frequent handwashing – are the two most effective ways of preventing the Hepatitis A infection. In fact, the vaccination is effective in protecting someone from becoming infected if they have been exposed to the virus, if received within two weeks of exposure. If it has been longer than two weeks, vaccination is still recommended for future protection.

 

The vaccination requires two doses, at least 6 months apart. Our practice offers the vaccine at $60 per dose (for member patients; $80 per dose for non-member patients.) To schedule a vaccination appointment, call the office at 513.760.5511.