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The routes of transmission for hepatitis vary depending on the type of hepatitis (A, B or C). Hepatitis A may be transmitted by having close contact with a person who is infected, from food or drinks prepared by someone who is infected, or by eating shellfish harvested from sewage-contaminated water. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, on the other hand, are the result of contact with blood or bodily fluids from an infected individual. In the United States, the most common transmission of hepatitis B and C is through unprotected sex, however, it may also be transmitted through sharing needles, razors or toothbrushes with an infected individual, transmitted from mother to child during childbirth, through accidental needle sticks or accidental/incidental contact with an infected person’s blood/bodily fluids, through blood and blood related products received and organ transplants prior to 1982, through clotting factor concentrates prior to 1987 or, as a result of long-term hemodialysis. Hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.