Hepatitis: Prevention

by John Fisher, MD

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    00:00 In terms of preventing hepatitis A, there is widely available passive and active immunization and everybody should receive it. As far as hepatitis B goes, there is active immunization.

    00:17 Everybody should receive it. Safe sex practices are extremely important. The avoidance of of sharing razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers especially with sexual partners or family members is prudent. For hepatitis C, there is no vaccine yet available but we have to advise safe sex practices and avoidance of sharing razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers with sexual partners or family members. Hepatitis D, there is no vaccine as well. We have to avoid percutaneous exposure and intimate contact with infected persons. For hepatitis E, there's no vaccine as well but they are working on a recombinant vaccine that was recently approved for use in China but has not been approved by the FDA in the United States. So we'll have to stay tuned for those data. This brings me to the end of my discussion about hepatitis and I hope it was helpful.

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    The lecture Hepatitis: Prevention by John Fisher, MD is from the course Gastrointestinal Infections.

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    1. Immunization.
    2. Avoiding ingesting all food and water.
    3. Safe sex practices.
    4. Avoid sharing needles and razors.
    5. Avoid blood transfusions.
    1. Hepatitis B
    2. Hepatitis C
    3. Hepatitis D
    4. Hepatitis E Type III
    5. Hepatitis E Type I

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     John Fisher, MD

    John Fisher, MD

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