Monday, July 18, 2016
Know dangers of, ways to prevent Hepatitis A, B, C
Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood. Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase Hepati-tis risk. Hepatitis A and B and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, which are held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the North-west Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. They are also available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632.