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Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines. The vaccine can prevent COVID-19 symptoms and severe COVID-19 illness.
It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination in NYC. People 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. Those who are fully vaccinated can more safely gather with friends and enjoy other benefits of vaccination.
Many vaccination sites in the city no longer require appointments. See a list of sites where you can get a walk-up vaccination today. To find a vaccination site near you, including those that take appointments, use the City's Vaccine Finder. Note, people who are 12 to 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.
For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with the hepatitis C virus, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. Many people might not be aware of their infection because they do not have symptoms. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. The best way to prevent hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, such as sharing drug use equipment.
Who is at risk
for GETTING HCV?
People who inject drugs, including those who injected only once many years ago
Those born from 1945 through 1965
Recipients of clotting factor concentrates made before 1987, when less advanced methods for manufacturing those products were used
Recipients of blood transfusions or solid organ transplants prior to July 1992, before better testing of blood donors became available
Chronic hemodialysis patients
People with known exposures to HCV, such as
health care workers after needlesticks involving HCV-positive blood
recipients of blood or organs from a donor who tested HCV-positive
People with HIV infection
Children born to mothers infected with HCV
People who are or have been incarcerated
People who use intranasal drugs
People who received body piercing or tattoos done with non-sterile instruments.
If you think you might have been exposed to hep C but are not sure, then you should get tested. Learn more about the testing process.
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Hep C is spread when the blood of a person who has the virus enters the body of a person who does not have the virus. Hep C is NOT spread through casual contact, such as sneezing, hugging, or sharing eating or drinking utensils.
How soon after exposure
do HCV symptoms appear??
What blood test are used
In those people who do develop symptoms, the average period from exposure to symptom onset is 2–12 weeks (range: 2–26 weeks).
to detect hcv infection?
Two tests are needed to determine if you have hep C: 1) the hep C antibody test; and 2) the hep C RNA test. Your health care provider may perform both tests from one blood sample.
What are the
signs and symptoms
of CHRONIC HCV infection?
People with newly acquired HCV infection usually are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms that are unlikely to prompt a visit to a health care professional and is usually cleared within six months of infection.
For those who develop chronic HCV, common symptoms they can include:
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