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Yes: There are 2 HAV vaqccines licensed in the us, havrix(glaxo) and vaqta(.Merck). The vaccines produce protective antibody in as little as 2 weeks after the initial dose. Both vaccines are given as a 2 dose series. The second dose is given 6-8 months after the first. These vaccines are highly effective, well tolerated and are recommended for anyone at risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different modes: Hepatitis A is transmitted through the fecal-oral route, namely an infected person sheds Hepatitis A virus in their stool and this is ingested through contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B is transmitted sexually and by blood, but the most common in the world is from mother to child. Hepatitis C is transmitted by exposure to blood from an infected person, very much less by sex or other means. ...Read more
You have an army now: Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that attacks the liver. You get it from contaminated food or water. Once you get it, the body makes antibodies (our fighting army) to fight another exposure of the virus. Just as when we immunize a patient with the vaccine, exposure to the virus initially gives us an immunity to Hep A. Most recover without problems. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hep a how can i protect my kids from catching it, am i still able to fix their food?
Uncertain: The total hep A AB measures both the IgM that is elevated around the time of infection, and the IgG that is elevated for the rest of your life starting several weeks after your exposure to the virus. To really get useful information, you have to separate the IgG and the IgM. It may be possible to do that on the blood sample the lab already has, without getting blood drawn again. ...Read more
Probably not acute: If you had hepatitis a in the past, the hepatitis a antibody igg would be positive, but the igm would be negative. Usually, when the report refers to the "total" antibody, it refers to the igg form, indicating past infection. If you received the hepatitis a vaccine, the igg would be positive as well. Acute hepatitis a would give a positive igm antibody. The are no chronic forms of hepatitis a. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dropped phone in toilet retrieved with no protection. Any chance of Hep A, B, or C or other diseases here? DR visit required?
No need.: No, but hopefully you throroughly washed your hands with soap and water for over 20 seconds afterwards and cleaned off the phone with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel at least. The biggest risk would be hepatitis A which is fecal oral route of transmission. Handwashing is preventative. The hep B and C are passed through blood and sex. ...Read more
Week 1 ALT 42. Week 2 ALT 57. Week 3 ALT 28. Now that it's normal, should testing be continued? Hep a-c neg. All other tests normal. Had been on meds.
LFT: I would consider repeating lft a few more times randomly over the next year recognizing that very low level elevations ( less than 2-3 times the upper limit of normal) could be due to something you did or ingested in the days preceding the test. Non alcoholic and alcoholic fatty liver disease or even tylenol (acetaminophen) could be related. If this is not progressive i would just monitor. ...Read more
Diag. W low vit.D - 10.5. Nurse gave me 50000 twice week. Had kidneystones, and hep a years ago. Is this safe, or should do smaller doses spread out?
That is too much: There was a recent review by the national institutes of health (nih), i believe, that found many people are taking too much vitamin d, and that too much can cause health problems such as high levels of calcium, stomach problems, weakness and depression. It does take large doses to cause harm, but about 800 units daily is enough for most people. Up to 2, 000 units daily seems safe as well. ...Read more
Using this site: You can get the most from this site when you describe a problem and ask a clear related question. You have written a statement, that you need some vaccines. This site does not provide vaccines or referrals. If you have questions about the vaccines you should state them. Otherwise contact your doc & arrange to get them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers