Hepatitis A Immunization
The CLF recommends that all Canadians be vaccinated against hepatitis A in order to reduce the incidence of this preventable illness.
Hepatitis A is a potentially serious liver disease that can vary in severity from a mild flu-like illness lasting a few days to a prolonged illness requiring hospitalization. It is difficult to avoid inadvertent exposure to the hepatitis A virus. Exposure can occur as a result of contaminated food, water or food handling/preparation by someone infected by the hepatitis A virus.
The following groups have a higher than average risk of contracting, transmitting and/or suffering complications from the hepatitis A virus:
- travelers to high risk areas, such as Mexico, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Latin America and eastern Europe, where hepatitis A is endemic
- food handlers
- daycare workers
- adults, particularly those of middle age, who travel to high risk areas
- anyone with chronic liver disease
- Canadian-born children of immigrants from countries where hepatitis A is endemic
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against hepatitis A.
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