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Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) that primarily affects the liver.

How do you get Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A (HA) is typically transmitted through contaminated food or water or close contact with an infected person. HA occurs worldwide and is one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases in travellers.

What are symptoms?

Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include

fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

Who should get the vaccine?

Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for pre-exposure immunization of persons 6 months or older at increased risk of infection such traveling to certain destinations  

How many doses of the vaccine?

The Hepatitis A vaccine is administered in two doses, with the second dose usually given six to twelve months after the initial dose.

Is the vaccine safe?

The hepatitis A vaccine is considered safe and well-tolerated, with minimal side effects reported. Common side effects may include mild soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever, which typically resolve on their own within a few days

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