Hepatitis A Vaccine
(Hep A Vaccine)
What Is Hepatitis A?
- Yellowing of the eyes and skin—jaundice
- Abdominal pain or soreness
- Lack of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
What Is the Hepatitis A Vaccine?
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
- Children aged 24 months or older who are at high risk and have not been previously vaccinated.
- People traveling to areas where hepatitis A is prevalent. The CDC's Traveler's Health website shows which areas have high rates hepatitis A.
- Men who have sex with men.
- Injection drug users.
- People who are at risk because of their job.
- People with chronic liver disease.
- People treated with clotting factor concentrates.
- People who will have close contact with an adopted child from a medium- or high-risk area.
- People who want immunity to hepatitis A.
What Are the Risks Associated With the Hepatitis A Vaccine?
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin rash
- Rapid heartbeat
- Soreness at the site of injection
- Loss of appetite
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
- Children under one year of age
- Anyone who has already had hepatitis A
- Anyone who has previously had a severe allergic reaction to the hepatitis A vaccine
- Anyone who has previously had a severe allergic reaction to any component of the hepatitis A vaccine, (including alum or 2-phenoxyethanol)
- Anyone who is very ill
What Other Ways Can Hepatitis A Be Prevented Besides Vaccination?
- Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after using the restroom or changing a diaper.
- IG given before and after exposure is another way of preventing and treating the virus.
- Twinrix is another vaccine that protects against both hepatitis A and B.
What Happens in the Event of an Outbreak?
American Liver Foundation http://www.liverfoundation.org
Hepatitis Foundation International http://www.hepfi.org
Canadian Institute for Health Information http://www.cihi.ca
Canadian Liver Foundation http://www.liver.ca
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/08/2014 -