Be Aware of Hepatitis This Month

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

Each year in this country, there are another 78,000 new cases of Hepatitis A and B combined which are reported to local health authorities. The number of new cases last year for Shawnee County and Kansas totalled:

Hepatitis A: Hepatitis B:
Shawnee County - 10 Shawnee County - 39
Kansas - 232 Kansas - 536

Hepatitis A is spread when a person ingests microscopic amounts of fecal material from contact with objects, food or drinks contamined from an infected person. The virus can be found in the stool of persons with hepatitis A for several weeks.

Hepatitis B is normally spread when blood, semen or another body fluid from an infected person enters the body of someone who is not infected. This happens through sexual contact with an infected person or sharing needles, syringes or other drug injection equipment. Hepatitis B can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby at birth. Hepatitis B is NOT spread through breastfeeding, sharing eating utensils, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing or sneezing.

You can received lower-cost vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B (for adults 19 years and older) at the Shawnee County Health Agency. Please call for an appointment for the vaccinations, by calling 368-2000.


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