Castle Health Clinic: Hepatitis A


♪ John: WELCOME BACK TO “LIVING 808.” LAST SUMMER AN OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS A CAUSED 11 RESTAURANTS TO BE SHUT DOWN. A PREVIOUS OUTBREAK SICKENED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLER PEOPLE. IN BOTH CASES WE KNOW THAT THE SOURCE WAS TAINTED SEAFOOD BUT MOST PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE DISEASE ITSELF. DR. MARC SHLACHTER FROM CASTLE HEALTH CLINIC FROM LAIE IS HERE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND IT. DR. SHLACHTER, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. John: WHAT IS HEPATITIS A? HEPATITIS A IS A VIRUS. VIRUSES CAUSE FLUS, COMMON COLD AND SKIN WARTS. THIS VIRUS ATTACKS THE LIVE. THERE’S HEPATITIS A, A, — B, C, D AND E. MOST COMMON IN THE WORLD IS HEPATITIS A AND IT’S EXTREMELY INFECTIOUS. John: A LOT OF PEOPLE AT CASTLE WERE VACCINATED. HOW LONG DO THE VACCINATIONS WORK FOR? THE FIRST VACCINATION WILL PROBABLY LAST WELL OVER A YEAR. FOR A LIFETIME IMMUNITY YOU’LL NEED A BOOSTER. THE BEST TIME TO GET IT IS SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR. John: HOW IS IT SPREAD? AND WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD PEOPLE TAKE? HOW IS IT SPREAD AND WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD WE TAKE? HEPATITIS A IS CAUSED BY CONTAMINATED FOOD WITH THE VIRUS, AND IT COULD BE LIKE SEAFOOD THAT WAS KEPT IN CONTAMINATED ICE. NOT ACTUALLY THE IG LIVING FISH BUT ONCE THE FISH IS COMMERCIALIZED AND SOAKED IN ICE WATER, CONTAMINATED FOOD. IT ORIGINATED FROM HUMAN SOURCES THAT HAVE HAD THE HEPATITIS A. AND THIS COULD BE SPREAD TO THE FOOD. John: WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE HEPATITIS A? AND HOW IS IT TREATED? IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO HEY HEY — HEPATITIS A. EXPOEXPO — EXPO EXPOSURE STARTS WITH NOSH YA AND NASH NAUSEOUS YA AND EYES TURNING YELLOW. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. REST AND PROPER DIET. THERE IS RARE INSTANCES OF LIVE FAILURE. SOME PEOPLE CAN DIE WITH HEPATITIS A. THOSE PEOPLE WILL NEED A LIVE TRANSPLANT. MOST PEOPLE GET A COMPLETE RECOVERY AND ARE IMMUNE FOR REST OF THEIR LIVES. John: VERY SERIOUS. SOME OF THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS ARE A LOT LIKE THE FLU. LIKE THE FLU. BUT DIFFERENT FROM THE FLU. EYES WILL START TURNING YELLOW. John: OKAY. VACCINATIONS? YOU CAN GO TO ANY PHARMACY IN THE STATE OF HAWAI’I AND JUST ASK FOR A HEPATITIS A VACCINE. HOWEVER, IF YOU WANT YOUR INSURANCE TO COVER IT, HALF OF OUR MEDICAL INSURANCES REQUIRE A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION. YOU NEED TO SEE A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PRIMARY CARE WHERE YOU LIVE. AND THEY ARE WRITE A PRESCRIPTION. IF YOU DON’T HAVE INSURANCE, YOU HAVE — John: THANK YOU.

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