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Ever Heard of Viral Hepatitis?

Viral Hepatitis

Complications from Hepatitis include infection in the liver that is caused by a virus. Hepatitis kills about 1.4 million people annually throughout the world. You may have numerous questions about viral hepatitis diagnosis and how Medicare will cover your treatment if you have just received such news. Hepatitis A, B, C, D, & E are the five most common forms; each is triggered by a unique set of environmental factors and requires a tailored treatment plan.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is spread primarily through direct contact with an infected person or by consuming contaminated food or drink. It’s usually not serious and doesn’t need treatment unless it worsens, but it can be fatal in rare situations.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that spreads widely due to person to person contact. Transmission of Hepatitis B can happen through the blood or other bodily fluids’ transfusion. Breast milk or other body fluids can transmit hepatitis B. That is why it is advised not to use used needles for transfusion purposes since this is where the virus will be alive for about seven days. While most adults who contract hepatitis B will eventually be cured, a tiny number will always be carriers. Both hepatitis A and B vaccines are safe and effective.

Hepatitis C

In particular, hepatitis C can cause severe liver damage and scarring, ultimately fatal. There is currently no vaccination available for this particular virus strain, which is spread by contact with infected blood or needles.

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis D is rare in the U.S. and only infects hepatitis B carriers. Although a vaccine against hepatitis D does not yet exist, those who have not yet contracted hepatitis B can protect themselves by vaccinating against it.

Hepatitis E

Lastly, hepatitis E is a self-limiting disease spread through the consumption of fecal matter, even in minute amounts. It is commonly linked to a country’s contaminated water supply due to a lack of sanitation infrastructure. Vaccination against Hepatitis E is not yet available.

NewMedicare.com at Your Rescue

NewMedicare is here to protect our patients from hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. At NewMedicare, we provide;

  • Relevant shots for Hepatitis A, when it’s necessary (when the doctor recommends)
  • A series of three shots for protection against Hepatitis B, given over six months period (three shots are significant for complete protection)
  • Hepatitis C one-time screening test (if the doctor prescribes it, or if your medical condition gets worse)

Hepatitis C Worsened Conditions

Your chance of being infected by Hepatitis C is greater if you meet even one of these conditions;

  • First, You have a record of consuming injected drugs.
  • Second, You had a blood transfusion before 1992, or
  • Third, You were born between 1945-1965

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