I guess this is not the only question in your mind right now. So, let me answer the other question first before I jump on this one.
What is Hepatitis A?
I can explain this in two ways. One in pure biological terms and the other in what we call ‘aambhasha’. Let me first go with the ‘aambhasha’ a.k.a the mango language. Hepatitis A is a disease where your liver goes haywire. It swells and it stops functioning normally.
Now coming back to the other definition of the same, Hepatitis A is caused by a certain type of virus called HAV (Hepatitis A Virus). The virus can be caused by certain factors which we will discuss in the later part of this article. It causes inflammation of the liver. Also, it is a highly contagious liver infection which might result in liver failure if left untreated.
What causes Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A can be caused by many factors, mostly unhygienic food habits. In most of the cases, it is transmitted via the fecal-oral route.Consumption of unhealthy and contaminated food and water or person to person contact can cause you this deadly disease. Sometimes a shellfish which is not cooked properly can also be responsible for causing it.
What are the symptoms?
The major symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, fever etc. These symptoms are only visible in an adult carrying hepatitis A virus. Symptoms for this are a bit vague in children. Sometimes in an infected child you won’t be able to see any of the hepatitis A symptoms. They do not come up until they reach their adulthood.
Is it life threatening?
Yes and No. Yes because even when detected, there is no proper medication for the same. Although it is not a chronic disease but in the long term they can cause liver failure and can only be cured by a liver transplant.
No because the scientists have already discovered a vaccine for the same. So, let us know a more about its vaccine.
Coming back to the most important question, Is the vaccine necessary?
In order to understand the criticality of it let me give you a situation. Imagine yourself starving in the middle of a desert. There is no escape out of this hunger. Your body will give up if not fed with food immediately. Suddenly in front of your eyes appears a restaurant. What will be your first reaction to it? Considering the normal human tendency, I would say that almost all of us will grab the opportunity and choose the restaurant over hunger and desert.
Same is with the vaccine. It’s your food in desert. A vaccine given once at the age between 1 and 2 can save you from this disease for the rest of your life. Don’t let your children starve in that desert. Instead take them to the restaurant. Get them vaccinated. The vaccine can be the best gift that you can gift your child today.