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.
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.
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.
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.
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.