The Health Department notified us that there have been several cases of Hepatitis A in Utah recently. Hepatitis A is usually food-borne, but can also be passed by close personal contact.
Our patients receive vaccinations against Hepatitis A at the 12 month and 18 month visits, so most of your children should be protected. Some teenagers may not have received the vaccine when they were little, although we try to catch them up when they start 7th grade. If you have any questions about your child’s immunization status, feel free to call us at 801 565-1162 to check on it.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A to watch for would include: vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) and tiredness. If you or your child has these symptoms, please get checked.