Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, often caused by a virus. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either through person-to-person contact or consumption of contaminated food or water. It can cause symptoms including fever, fatigue, nausea and vomiting but does not result in chronic infection. Some international destinations, including Mexico and countries in Central and South America, have high rates of hepatitis. The best way to prevent Hepaitis A is to get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from an infected person enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth. For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection. The best way to prevent Hepaitis B is to get vaccinated.

To make an appointment for hepatitis immunization, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig (same day appointments often are available). Costs vary. Please bring your Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) or other insurance card to your appointment. If you do not have your insurance card, full payment will be required. Low cost hepatitis vaccine is available to individuals who don't have insurance.

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