Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis
Hepatitis affects about 4 million people in the United States, however most don't know they have it.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. There are many different types of Hepatitis, but the most common are Hepatitis A, B and C.
Hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for a liver transplant.
Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis includes one or more of these:
- Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Gray colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice or yellowing of skin
Hepatitis A and B have vaccinations to protect against the disease. The first dose of Hepatitis B can be given at a baby's birth. Hepatitis C has no vaccine and is the most likely to cause chronic infection.
People should talk to their health care providers to discuss screening or testing options.
For more information about Hepatitis, go to cdc.gov.