You can protect yourself from hepatitis A by getting a vaccine. A combination vaccine is available that protects against both hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Hepatitis A immunoglobulin (IG) may be given to prevent hepatitis A in infants younger than one year, people with weak immune systems, and others who should not get the vaccine.
If you have hepatitis A, there are steps you can take to avoid passing it to people you are in close contact with:
- Tell people that you live with or have sex with that you have hepatitis A so they can talk to their health care provider about getting vaccinated.
- Wash your hands with soap and hot water immediately after using the toilet or changing a diaper, and before preparing food.
- Avoid any anal contact with a sex partner when you are ill with hepatitis A.
In some provinces, people with hepatitis A may not be able to work as food handlers or in daycares or health care facilities for two weeks after becoming sick, or for at least one week after the appearance of jaundice.