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Drug Use and Hepatitis A Virus

What are considered the high-risk situations for Hepatitis A?

Should these target groups be vaccinated more than other people?

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1). What are considered the high-risk situations for Hepatitis A? Should these target groups be vaccinated more than other people?

Hepatitis A virus is more common in some target populations of people. Vaccination provides protection before one is exposed to hepatitis A virus. The following groups are considered at high-risk for contacting Hepatitis A. Thus, vaccination is recommended for the following groups who are at increased risk for infection and for any person wishing to obtain immunity.

1. Persons traveling to or working in countries that have high or intermediate rates of hepatitis A.

All susceptible persons traveling to or working in countries that have high or intermediate rates of hepatitis A should be vaccinated or receive immune globulin before traveling. Persons from developed countries who travel to developing countries are at high risk for hepatitis A. Such persons include tourists, military personnel, missionaries, and others who work or study abroad in countries that have high or intermediate levels of of hepatitis A. The risk for hepatitis A exists even for travelers to urban areas, those who stay in luxury hotels, and those who report that they have ...

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This solution explains what are considered the high-risk situations for Hepatitis A, and if these target groups should be vaccinated more than other people. References are provided.

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