May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Numerous states across the U.S. have seen an increase in the number of cases of hepatitis A. This includes the state of Virginia. It is important to be #HepAware2019 this May. But what does this mean? And what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
- Learn more about viral hepatitis. Knowledge is power.
- Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B. If you are in a group that may be at increased risk for hepatitis A or B, protect yourself from infection. Your primary care provider should provide the vaccine. Many pharmacies also carry the vaccine. All local health departments also offer vaccinations.
- Get tested. There are tests available for hepatitis B and C if you believe you have been exposed. Find a testing center near you.
Learn, vaccinate, and test. Follow these suggestions yourself and share this information with your friends and loved ones.