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Patient Education Wallet Cards on Hepatitis C

Patient Education Wallet Cards

Sample wallet card

Sample wallet card (front)

These two-sided cards provide useful tips on ways for hepatitis C patients to take care of their health. About the size of credit cards, they fit nicely into patients' wallets for easy reference.

We recommend displaying these cards in waiting rooms and other places where patients can easily see them. They are also good supplements as handouts to presentations and classes on hepatitis C. Available in color or black and white.

To print wallet cards from your computer:

Print the pages back-to-back, and cut along the indicated lines. It's helpful to print each topic on a different color of card stock. For best results, laminate the cards. For detailed instructions with illustrations, see How To Make Wallet Cards.

Wallet Cards:

To download a PDF containing all 12 wallet card topics, click here.

Hepatitis A Virus

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Hepatitis A virus

  • Is found in an infected person's stool.
  • Enters your body through your mouth.
  • Can be spread by:
    • Touching something contaminated, then putting your hands in your mouth.
    • Eating food or water that is contaminated--even if it looks clean.
    • Sexual contact with the anus.

Side two:

  • Symptoms can include nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, and yellowing skin (jaundice).
  • Goes away in a few weeks or months.
  • Can be prevented with a vaccine.
  • Can be prevented by washing your hands before eating and after using the toilet.
Hepatitis B Virus

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Hepatitis B virus

  • Is found in an infected person's stool.
  • Enters your body through your mouth.
  • Can be spread by:
    • Touching something contaminated, then putting your hands in your mouth.
    • Eating food or water that is contaminated--even if it looks clean.
    • Sexual contact with the anus.

Side two:

  • Symptoms can include nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, and yellowing skin (jaundice).
  • Goes away in a few weeks or months.
  • Can be prevented with a vaccine.
  • Can be prevented by washing your hands before eating and after using the toilet.
Testing for Hepatitis C

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Testing for Hepatitis C

  • Talk to your health care provider about whether you should be tested.
  • The ONLY way to tell for sure if you have hepatitis C is a simple and safe blood test.
  • Your health care provider willdraw a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm.

Side two:

Hepatitis C Results

  • Accurate 6 months or more after exposure.
  • A positive test means you were exposed to the hepatitis C virus at some point.
  • Further tests can see if the virus is still in your blood right now. If it is, that means you have hepatitis C.
If You Have Hepatitis C, DO

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

If You Have Hepatitis C, DO

  • Check with your health care provider before taking vitamins, supplements, herbs, or over-the-counter medications.
  • Write down questions to ask your health care provider.
  • Keep appointments with your health care provider.

Side two:

If You Have Hepatitis C, DO

  • Learn as much as you can about the disease.
  • Tell all providers that you have hepatitis C.
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A & B.
  • Ask if you should be tested for HIV/AIDS.
  • Eat healthy, stay active, and get rest.
  • Join a support group.
If You Have Hepatitis C, DON'T

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

If You Have Hepatitis C, DON'T

  • Drink alcohol.
  • Donate blood.
  • Be ashamed.
  • Think you're alone.
  • Take iron supplements, unless prescribed.

Side two:

If You Have Hepatitis C, DON'T

  • Share drug-use paraphernalia (works) like needles or straws.
  • Share razors or toothbrushes.
  • Have sex when blood or open sores are presenton or near genitals.
Ways You CAN Get Hepatitis C

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Ways You CAN Get Hepatitis C

  • Sharing needles (works) to use drugs.
  • Blood transfusion before 1992.
  • Sharing drug-use paraphernalia like filters or straws.
  • Tattooing and body piercing.

Side two:

Ways You CAN Get Hepatitis C

  • Needle-stick accidents.
  • Getting someone else's blood inside you.
  • Sharing objects that might carry blood, like razors and toothbrushes.
Ways You CAN'T Get Hepatitis C

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Ways You CAN'T Get Hepatitis C

  • Sharing cups, utensils, or dishes.
  • From food or water.
  • Coughing or sneezing.
  • Hugging or kissing.

Side two:

Ways You CAN'T Get Hepatitis C

  • Shaking hands.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Donating blood.
Hepatitis C and Alcohol

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

If You Need to Cut Down or Stop

  • Call a health care provider, VA hospital, or self-help group and ask for information.
  • Develop interests and friends unrelated to drinking or using.
  • Avoid people, places, or things that make you want to drink.

Side two:

Hepatitis C and Alcohol

  • Alcohol can damage your liver.
  • The combination of hepatitis C and alcohol can be even more damaging to your liver.
  • If you have hepatitis C the best choice is not to drink.
  • Talk to your health provider to learn more.
Diet and Medication Tips

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Diet and Medication Tips

  • Talk to your health care provider about what makes up a healthy, balanced diet.
  • If appetite loss is a problem, eat many small meals throughout the day.
  • For nausea, try crackers, toast, or ginger ale.
  • Take medications as they are prescribed.

Side two:

Diet and Medication Tips

  • Ask your health care provider before taking vitamins, supplements, herbs, or over-the-counter medications.
  • Avoid iron supplements unless prescribed.
  • Notify your health care provider of any side effects you have from a medication.
Exercise Makes a Difference

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Exercise Makes a Difference

  • Check with your health care provider before beginning an exercise routine.
  • Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes 3 times per week)
  • Things like walking and gardening count!

Side two:

Exercise Makes a Difference

  • Begin with short activities, like a 10-minute walk after dinner.
  • Find something you enjoy to stay active.
  • If you aren't already exercising, it's not too late to start.
Tips for Good Sleep

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Tips for Good Sleep

  • Prepare a comfortable sleep environment.
  • Have bedtime rituals that condition you to fall asleep.
  • Maintain a regular schedule: go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
  • Use your bed for sleeping and sex only.

Side two:

Tips for Good Sleep

  • Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, especially closer than 8 hours to bedtime.
  • Stay away from alcohol and street drugs.
  • Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
  • Don't take naps during the day.
Relaxation Tips

The PDF contains 10 double-sided wallet cards, which can be printed from one sheet, and includes guides for print margins and cutting. The card gives the following details:

Side one:

Relaxation Tips

  • Do activities that relax you.
  • Take a hot bath or shower
  • Listen to relaxing music.
  • Drink a hot, non-caffeinated beverage.
  • Ask for help if you're stressed or upset.

Side two:

Relaxation Tips

  • Practice relaxation exercises like deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Try Yoga and Tai Chi.
  • Learn to meditate.
  • Maintain a support network of family and friends who you can talk to.
How To Make Wallet Cards

There are several different wallet cards available in a single file. Wallet cards should be printed double sided on card-stock (110 lb paper).

We've found that using brightly colored paper makes the wallet cards more visually appealing and allows patients to easily distinguish them from one another.

After you have printed the wallet cards, follow the instructions below for laminating and trimming the cards.

Photo of paper put in lamination pouch

Place the double-sided sheet of wallet cards in the lamination pouch.

Photo of pouch being put in protective sleeve

Next place the lamination pouch in the protective cardboard lamination sleeve.

Photo of lamination sleeve being put into machine

Insert the lamination sleeve into the pre-heated lamination machine, flap-side first.

Photo of laminated sheet cooling

Remove the laminated sheet from the cardboard sleeve and allow to cool.

Photo of sheets being lined up on paper trimmer

Align the crosses on the wallet card sheets with the cutting guide on the paper trimmer.

Photo of person cutting sheet into wallet cards

You will receive more uniform results if you first cut the cards vertically and then horizontally.

Photo of a finished wallet card

The finished wallet card size is 2" x 3.5".

Photo of  wallet cards in display case

Wallet cards may be displayed in acrylic cases or packaged in sets of 12. The cases may be purchased at most office supply stores.