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What is the difference between hepatitis A, B and C?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are all viruses that infect the liver. Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus. Although they can have similar symptoms during the acute (early infection) phase, the three viruses are transmitted in differently and infect the body and liver in different ways. 

One of the main differences between the diseases is that two of the three can be protected against with vaccination; there are vaccines to prevent hepatitis A and hepatitis B, however, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C.


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Sources & Citations

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viral Hepatitis. Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).

4. World Health Organisation. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102452   Date of preparation December 2021