Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel

May 26, 2015

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe disease lasting several months. Although rare, people have died from getting infected with the hepatitis A virus.

Hepatitis A can spread through contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated with fecal matter – even in amounts too small to see – from an infected person. Contamination of food can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even cross-contamination with other food items after cooking. Raw shellfish, fruits, vegetables, and undercooked foods are common culprits in Hepatitis A outbreaks. Waterborne outbreaks are typically associated with water or ice from an inadequately treated or sewage-contaminated source.

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Facts about Hepatitis A

Rutgers University-Newark Health Services provides Hepatitis A vaccination. Full-time students enrolled in the student health insurance plan are covered for the Hepatitis A vaccine. For Part-time students or students who have waived the student health insurance plan, go to Immunization Costs or Contact Us.