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Sep 22, 2006

My son's doctor advised him to get a hepatitis vaccination.

Although exposed to drugs, he never used a needle or had unprotected sex relations. What is hepatitis exactly and why would a vaccination be advised?

Response from Dr. McGovern

There are hepatitis viruses that affect the liver and cause inflammation. Hepatitis A is contracted through cotaminated water; hepatitis B is contracted through sex or injection drug use.

I am a big believer in immunizations and offer them even when my patient is not at immediate risk of infection. I do it because preventing a disease is so much better than treating a disease.

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