Hepatitis A Facts: What You Should Know
Hepatitis A - The Facts
- Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection. See here for a list of the symptoms.
- Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is totally different from other hepatitis illnesses. Most cases are mild, lasting 1 or 2 weeks.
- Hepatitis A does not result in chronic infection – almost everyone recovers fully with lifelong immunity.
- Wash hands frequently (HAV is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route)
- Get vaccinated - Immunization is generally a good idea and is covered 100% by UHA. We encourage vaccination, particularly for members at greatest risk of getting seriously ill from the disease, such as those with underlying liver disease or other serious health problems.
- UHA is actively working to identify and help high risk members get immunized quickly. See here for a CDC list of groups recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A.
About the Hepatitis A vaccine
- The vaccine is given in 2 shots, 6 months apart.
- Protection begins approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the first injection. A second injection results in long-term protection.
- Hepatitis A vaccine will only protect someone from Hepatitis A, not any other form of viral hepatitis (B or C).
Access: No barriers at UHA
- UHA does not require a prescription for the Hepatitis A vaccine.
- Members can get vaccinated at any UHA participating clinic, retail pharmacy within the Express Scripts network (e.g. Walgreens, Longs or Pharmacare) or doctor’s office.
Follow these Simple Steps:
- Search for a UHA-participating pharmacy* at: uhahealth.com/providers/search
*It is recommended that members call ahead to assure the vaccine is available at a particular clinic or pharmacy before going there.
- Show your UHA member ID card at the participating pharmacy.
- Hepatitis A vaccines are covered at $0 co-pay for UHA members.
Hawai'i Department of Health
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Please call a UHA representative for further assistance:
532-4000 on Oahu, or 1-800-458-4600 from the neighbor islands.
532-4007 on Oahu, or 1-800-458-4600, extension 299 from the neighbor islands.
532-4000 extension 356 on Oahu, or 1-800-458-4600, extension 356, from the neighbor islands.