Outreach and Awareness

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!

May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, ADPH joins other public health partners to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested.

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.

There are three types of viral hepatitis: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Although each type of viral hepatitis is caused by a different virus and is spread in different ways, they all affect the liver and can cause serious health problems.

What Can You Do?

There is no cure for hepatitis, but the virus is easy to prevent with vaccination.

Other things you can do to reduce your chances of getting hepatitis:

  • Practice good personal hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers, and before preparing any meals.

Visit CDC's Be #HepAware2020 to learn more about the ABC's of viral hepatitis.

Visit our page to learn more about the Hepatitis A outbreak in Alabama.

Resources

Immunization Schedules and VIS's

Vaccine Information for Adults

Adult Immunzation Providers





Page last updated: May 9, 2020