Hepatitis A is a highly infectious virus mainly spread via contaminated food and water, or by direct contact with an infectious person.
Areas with high levels of infection include low-income countries that may have relatively poor sanitary conditions and hygiene practices. These areas include: the Indian subcontinent, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, parts of the Far East, South and Central America, and the Middle East.
Certain travellers are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A, including:
Children aged 6 and under often have very mild symptoms, the disease is more severe in adults.
Symptoms include tiredness, lack of appetite, sickness and high temperature, followed by jaundice. Recovery is usually within a month but some people can go on to develop on going liver problems.
The vaccine is an inactivated vaccine.
1 dose of Hepatitis A vaccine gives 12 months protection. A 2nd dose given after 6-12 months gives at least 25 years protection.
It can be combined with Hepatitis B vaccine.
It can be combined with Typhoid Vaccine.
1 dose of Hepatitis A vaccine gives 12 months protection. A booster dose given after 6-12 months gives at least 25 years protection.
Injection site reaction,
Headache, fever, tiredness, nausea
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