Jacque Malley and Kim Boyce: Hepatitis prevention

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To the editor:

More than 4,000 new hepatitis infections cases are reported each year in Colorado. Since 1990, more than 11,000 people have been reported with a Hepatitis B infection in Colorado.

About 65 percent of people with Hepatitis A and/or B disease do not know how they were infected.

Anyone seeking protection from these diseases should be vaccinated. The vaccines against Hepatitis A and B are very safe and highly effective.

Do you work in food service or housekeeping? Does your job expose you to wastewater or sewage? You could be at risk for exposure to Hepatitis A and B. Low cost hepatitis vaccinations are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to anyone seeking protection.

Although there is not a vaccine against Hepatitis C, new treatments are available to prevent ongoing infection and liver cancer.

The best way to prevent liver damage from Hepatitis C is to get tested and get regular follow-up checkups from a health care provider.

Jacque Malley and Kim Boyce

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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