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Preventing Hepatitis

There are many actions that you can take to reduce your chances of getting hepatitis. These include:

  • Get the vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B (there is currently no vaccine available for hepatitis C).
  • Use a latex condom during sex.
  • Don't share needles, inhalant devices, or take drugs.
  • Practice good personal hygiene such as thorough handwashing.
  • Don't use an infected person's personal items, such as razors or toothbrushes.
  • Take precautions when getting any tattoos, body piercing or manicures/pedicures. Make sure the instruments are cleaned or disposable; or take your own manicure kit.  Make sure tattoo ink is a new bottle used just for you.
  • Take precaution when traveling to areas of the world with poor sanitation. Make sure you get immunized against hepatitis A beforehand.

It is very important that you take the preventive measures necessary, especially if you participate in risky behavior, live, or work in a high-risk environment, such as a nursing home, dormitory, day care center or restaurant.

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Understanding Hepatitis -- Prevention

Many types of hepatitis can be prevented by making informed lifestyle choices. Vaccinations are available for hepatitis A and B. Adequate sanitation and clean personal habits will help reduce the spread of hepatitis A and hepatitis E. In areas where sanitation is questionable, boil water. Cook all food well and peel all fruit. Health care workers or caregivers involved in the treatment of patients with contagious forms of hepatitis should wash their hands, utensils, bedding, and clothing with soap...

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 12, 2012

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