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What are the side effects of the hepatitis C vaccine?

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As of 2015, there is no vaccine that protects against the viral infection hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals may be able to protect themselves against the infection by avoiding blood-to-blood contact with infected individuals and by using safe-sex practices.

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The most common ways to become infected with hepatitis C involve blood transmissions, as claimed by the CDC. This may occur when an IV drug user uses a needle that was previously used by an infected individual. It can also occur through careless health facility practices or needlestick injuries during medical procedures that require collections of blood through syringes. Pregnant women infected with hepatitis C also carry the risk of passing the infection onto their newborns.

Individuals may also prevent the spread of infection by opting not to use another individual's personal hygiene items, says the CDC. These items include razors, toothbrushes and similar items that may have come in contact with the blood of infected individuals.

The risk of contracting hepatitis C during sexual intercourse is low, according to the CDC. Certain individuals may lower their risks by using condoms and similar protection, limiting the number of sexual partners they have, and taking extra precautions if they are already infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.

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