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Unformatted text preview: for Hepatitis C.
There is currently no approved post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HCV.
Interferon monotherapy or combination therapy with ribavirin are the current
Combination therapy is currently the preferred treatment and has been shown to
be effective in 40% of infected persons.
These drugs can cost thousands of dollars per month.
Alcohol use can make the disease worse. Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B, caused by Hepatitis B Virus, is now preventable due to the vaccine that must
be offered to all health care workers and is given to children at birth. After the 1991
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard required that the vaccine be offered to all health care
employees, cases of hepatitis B in health care workers dropped from 17,000 annually to
400 annually, and continues to drop (Mahoney, Steward, Hu, Coleman, & Alter, 1997).
7 ANA strongly recommends that all health care workers be vaccinated since it is the
best means of prevention. Current public health recommendations also suggest that
health care workers have blood titers drawn to assess vaccination st...
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This document was uploaded on 02/27/2014 for the course ENGLISH 101 at Montgomery College.
- Summer '11