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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious and sometimes serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Like many other digestive diseases, it is often difficult to diagnose. Jefferson gastroenterologists and hepatologists are experts in diagnosing these diseases and deliver some of the foremost care for all types of digestive diseases.

There is no existing treatment for hepatitis A other than rest, and your body will usually clear the virus on its own without any damage being sustained to the liver. Hepatitis A does not result in chronic infection, but complete recovery from hepatitis A can be slow.

You can take precautions against contracting hepatitis A through simple measures and good hygiene. You may have an increased risk for hepatitis A, particularly if you are traveling to areas where a high rate of hepatitis exists or you engage in risky behaviors through which the virus may be spread. If you are planning to travel outside of the United States it is extremely important to talk with a travel medicine specialist as far in advance of your trip as possible.

Reducing Your Risk of Exposure to Hepatitis A

For expert help in reducing your risk of exposure to hepatitis A while traveling, turn to the Travel Medicine Services team at Jefferson. Our services are comprehensive and convenient. Based on where you plan to journey, we can advise you of the precautions you should take and administer the needed vaccinations – all in one visit to our Center City Philadelphia office. During your visit, our team will also provide helpful hints to keep you healthy before and during your trip.

Although it's ideal to schedule your appointment six to eight weeks before your departure date, if you're leaving sooner, please don't assume you cannot or should not seek care. Appointments for Travel Medicine Services are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To schedule a consultation, please call 215-955-0860.

The Travel Medicine Office is located at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 205, within the University Health Services Office in Center City Philadelphia.