Let’s Protect Ourselves From Hepatitis Viruses
Hepatitis viruses cause over 5,000 deaths every year in the United States, and this number is rising. Did you know that washing your hands frequently can reduce your risk of contracting diseases like hepatitis A? This will not require a significant portion of your day. Reduce your chance of catching a virus in less than a minute. When you start to doubt the value of your efforts, remember that one person dies from a hepatitis-related illness every 30 seconds.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D & E are the five primary varieties, with types A, B, and C being the most common and avoidable.
Luckily, NewMedicare can effectively protect you from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the most familiar forms of Hepatitis in the U.S. If you’re at medium to high risk for Hepatitis, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers these shots.
Viruses of hepatitis B and C propagate by contact with the infected individual’s blood or bodily fluids. These viruses cause either a minor symptom that lasts a few weeks or a severe long-term infection that can cause liver cancer or any other liver disease.
Hepatitis B and C, when left untreated, can cause serious complications if left untreated. People with chronic hepatitis B or C are at risk due to the virus’s effect on the liver:
- Persistent liver dysfunction
- Cirrhosis and liver cancer
- Liver failure happens when the liver stops working properly.
Liver failure can cause many serious complications:
- Bleeding problems, a buildup of fluid in the abdomen (called ascites), high blood pressure in the veins that lead to the liver (called portal hypertension), and so on.
- Kidney failure
- Hepatic encephalopathy can cause tiredness, forgetfulness, and a loss of mental abilities.
- Hepatocellular carcinoma is a kind of liver cancer that kills people.
Chronic hepatitis B and C patients should abstain from alcohol since it hastens liver disease progression. The liver function might also be affected by taking certain vitamins or drugs. See your doctor first before starting any new treatment for chronic hepatitis B or C.
The following are some conditions that can be risky for you:
- First, You have used/are using illicit injected drugs.
- Second, You received a blood transfusion before 1992
- Third, You were born between 1945-1965
If you’re at high risk then, we offer annual screenings at NewMedicare that might help you.
Shots Against Hepatitis B and C
The complete protection against Hepatitis B involves three shots that we usually give over six months. Also, we protect against Hepatitis C via a one-time screening test if the doctor recommends it for you.
So, don’t wait anymore and get a Hepatitis screening at your earliest convenience.