Best Prevention Tips For Hepatitis From Happening
July 30, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Best Prevention Tips For Hepatitis From Happening


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After discussing the different types of hepatitis, it is essential to discover how to protect yourself and your family from the various strains of hepatitis. Because the types are transmitted differently and the strains are prevalent in various parts of the world, it is crucial to review multiple preventative measures that can be taken to protect against viral hepatitis. Let’s consider them below. 


1. Vaccination

a. There is a vaccine for hepatitis A and B, so it is imperative to get vaccinated against both types.  

b. The hepatitis B vaccine is also effective against hepatitis D because type D can only develop if a person is infected with type B.  

c. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C or E. 


2. Food and drink safety

a. Type A and E are transmitted via unclean drinking water or food. 

b. Vigilance about handwashing should be implemented for all populations.  Proper hand hygiene drastically reduces or eliminates potential transfer of fecal matter, which contains a great host of viruses, to food or water. 

c. Also, only use filtered or bottled water to wash and prepare food.

d. Ensure your drinking water is filtered or bottled and if those options are not available, boil your drinking water to remove potential bacteria.   

e. Do not eat food from street vendors.


3. Protected sex

a. Type A and B can be transmitted through sexual contact.  

b. To reduce infection, use protection, and get tested if you are engaging in sexual activity with multiple partners. 


4. Clean blood products

a. Hepatitis B, C, and D can be transmitted through unclean blood products, unsterile medical equipment, and shared needles. 

b. Do not share needles or syringes with anyone.  

I. If possible, use single dose needles and syringes if medication is required through injection.

c. Ask medical facilities if they screen blood products and sterilize medical equipment. 


Usually, routine screening for hepatitis B and C are encouraged in specific populations. For example, geological location can increase the risk for certain types of hepatitis.  Type A, D, and E are not recommended for routine screening unless otherwise indicated by a physician.  Speak with a physician today at Shifa4U to learn more about hepatitis symptoms and treatment options.  Also, order lab tests from Shifa4U if you are experiencing any symptoms of viral hepatitis.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.