Each year, between 1,000 and 3,000 Canadians become infected with the Hepatitis A virus. It is not a long-lasting or chronic infection, and will eventually run its course. Symptoms may be uncomfortable and may disrupt daily activities. Once you’ve had the virus, you develop a lifelong immunity and cannot transmit the virus to others. Hepatitis A is diagnosed with a blood test.
Common causes of transmission include:
Reduction of pace of daily activities and a balanced diet with plenty of fluids is helpful. Alcohol and herbal supplements should be avoided. If itchy skin is experienced, it can be controlled with non-prescription anti-itch medicine.
The vaccine provides long-term protection that generally lasts for years. The vaccine spurs your immune system to produce antibodies that help protect against the Hepatitis A virus.