Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is an acute and contagious infection which is transmitted through fecal-oral contact, usually by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Anyone can get hepatitis A, but those at most risk are individuals that travel to countries where hepatitis A is common and those who have sexual contact with or are household contacts of an infected person. People infected with the hepatitis A virus (HAV) usually improve without treatment, although death from hepatitis A does occur. HAV is never a lifelong illness (chronic disease).

A vaccination is available to prevent hepatitis A.

For more information:

What to Know About Hepatitis A 
This flyer provides general information about hepatitis A transmission, symptoms and disease prevention. The flyer is available in English and Spanish. (Adapted from the Tennessee Department of Public Health)

Fact sheets and Patient Resources

Hepatitis A Vaccine: What you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions


Last updated 7/16/2018