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The Hepatitis A Vaccine

The hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for children and adults living with chronic hepatitis B infections. This vaccine will protect them from another liver virus and help prevent additional stress to their livers.

The hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended for those who live in parts of the U.S. that have high rates of hepatitis A infections, as well as those who travel abroad to countries where hepatitis B is common (Asia, Africa, South America, Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East).

Hepatitis A Infections

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection. It is spread through contaminated food and water (oral-fecal route of transmission). Older persons are more likely to have symptoms than children. Symptoms usually occur suddenly and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes). web linkLearn more.

Blood Tests

There is a simple blood test for diagnosing hepatitis A. Most people recover without any complications and there is no chronic infection associated with hepatitis A.

Approved Hepatitis A Vaccines
(for children >2 years and adults)

  • Havrix (GlaxoSmithKlineGlaxo)
  • Vaqta (Merck)        

Approved Combined Hepatitis A and B Vaccine
(for adults only)


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