Hepatitis A is communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can be transmitted person-to-person through fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Symptoms include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice. The symptoms typically resolve within 2 months. The antibodies produced in response to hepatitis a infection last for life and prevent reinfection. Therefore, the best form of prevention is the hepatitis a vaccine.
The vaccine consists of two doses, which are administered 6 months apart. The vaccine is required for school in the state of Kentucky. The White house clinic at Berea Community School has the vaccine available for any student or staff member.