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Hepatitis ABCs

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A recent outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) attributed to a local restaurant chain has brought renewed attention to a highly contagious—and preventable—infection. 

What Is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral inflammation of the liver. The virus is spread through direct contact with another person who has the infection, or by consuming contaminated food or drink.

The most visible symptom of hepatitis A is jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or the eyes resulting from a buildup of bilirubin in the liver. Other symptoms include: 

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Another Vaccine You Need This Fall

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A different flu season calls for a different shot.

Flu season runs from September through May each year, and this year, Carilion Clinic's Infectious Diseases experts recommend getting your flu shot early.

Flu shots are approved and recommended for people 6 months and older. Carilion Clinic also offers the high-dose Fluzone option for people 65 years and older and the egg-free Flublok option for people with confirmed egg allergies.

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Where To Go for Care

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, it's more important than ever to know your options for care. 

As always, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency department for life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

To help keep our region's emergency departments from being overwhelmed, please reserve the emergency department only for emergencies.

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