Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.
The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. The Hep A vaccine fist became available in 1995.
There are 2 ways to become compliant for hepatitis A:
Documentation of the Hepatitis A vaccine series
- This is a 2 shot series with the #2 shot 6 months after the first
- Or if you need your Hep B as well you can get # Twinrix shots (Hep A & B combo shots). This is the same shot schedule as Hep B. See the Hep B page for more information.
- This vaccination is not required for school age children in California so it may not be a part of your childhood immunizations
- You may have been immunized for Hepatitis A if you have traveled outside the country
Positive Hepatitis A titer
- If you believe that you had the Hepatitis A vaccine series but do not have documentation you may have your blood drawn and tested for immunity