infection is caused by a virus spread via contaminated food, drink or water. It infects the liver and can be fatal by causing liver failure. It mainly occurs in countries where sanitation is poor. Hepatitis A symptoms including yellowing of the eyes ( Jaundice), dark urine and light coloured stool, itchy skin, fever, stomach aches and tiredness.
As well as good hand washing before food and after visiting the toilets; not eating shellfish and not eating salads, fruits, vegetables or uncooked foods, the Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended if you are visiting high risk areas.
Hepatitis A vaccination can be given for all those aged 1 years old and above. It may be combined with hepatitis B vaccination or Typhoid vaccination for adults.
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