oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Hepatitis A and B - a brief overview : review

Volume 77, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Hepatitis A and B are the only vaccine-preventable causes of viral hepatitis, yet despite the availability of vaccinations in South Africa, both conditions remain endemic.

Pharmacists in both community and institutional facilities are ideally placed to counsel and, or even vaccinate individuals who require preventative prophylactic vaccination or post-exposure prophylaxis against both hepatitis A and B. This review highlights the pathogenesis, transmission, medical management and prevention of hepatitis A and hepatitis B in order to empower the pharmacist to effectively inform patients and if necessary, make informed decisions regarding appropriate interventions.

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