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What is hepatitis A?

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You usually get hepatitis A after you drink or eat something with the hep A virus. It almost always gets better on its own. It doesn't lead to long-term inflammation of your liver.

Still, about 20% of people who get hepatitis A get sick enough that they need to go to the hospital. A vaccine can prevent hep A.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Manual of Family Practice.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Manual of Family Practice.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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