NEW YORK -- Children are one of the highest risk groups for hepatitis A infection -- a highly contagious virus that affects the liver. Hepatitis A is spread through the fecal-oral route, contaminated food or water or close personal contact. Children are at increased risk as they come in close contact with each other in childcare and play settings. As many as 270,000 Americans contract hepatitis A each year.
The National Association Of Childcare Professionals (NACCP) is raising awareness of the importance of hepatitis A prevention in childcare settings. The hepatitis A vaccine can be given starting at age 2 and older.
For more information on hepatitis A prevention, visit naccp.org.