Frequent question: Is hepatitis A vaccine important for babies?

Is hepatitis A vaccine necessary for babies?

Vaccination with hepatitis A pediatric vaccine is recommended for all children who are 12 months of age or older. This vaccine is also recommended in children who travel to certain areas of the world where hepatitis A is a common disease.

Is hepatitis A vaccine compulsory?

Early childhood educators and carers are recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine. 2 doses are required, with a recommended interval between doses of 6 months.

When should babies get Hep A vaccine?

Children need 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine: First dose: 12 through 23 months of age. Second dose: at least 6 months after the first dose.

Is the Hep A Vaccine good for life?

Yes. It is not known for how long protection from one hepatitis A vaccine dose lasts, but it has been shown to last for at least 10 years (29).

How many shots are required for hepatitis A vaccine?

The combination vaccine can be given to anyone 18 years of age and older and is given as three shots over 6 months. All three shots are needed for long-term protection for both hepatitis A and hepatitis B.

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How often do you need to be vaccinated for hepatitis A?

How and When Do Doctors Give Vaccines? For the hepatitis A vaccine: You should get two doses, given as shots, 6 months apart for complete protection. The virus in the vaccine is killed (inactive).

What is another name for hepatitis A vaccine?

(For Combination Vaccines, See Table 2)

Vaccine Trade Name Manufacturer
Hepatitis A Havrix® GlaxoSmithKline
Vaqta® Merck
Hepatitis B Engerix-B® GlaxoSmithKline
Recombivax HB® Merck

What is the hepatitis A vaccine called?

Hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta) is used to prevent hepatitis A, a type of liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

Can you still get hepatitis A after vaccination?

Hepatitis A vaccine is very effective. It appears that all adults, adolescents, and children become immune to hepatitis A virus infection after get- ting two doses. After one dose, at least 94 out of 100 people become immune for several years.

Does a hepatitis A vaccine hurt?

The hepatitis A vaccine is made from inactive virus and is quite safe. In general, there are very few side effects. The most common potential side effect is soreness at or around the injection site. Other potential side effects include mild headache, loss of appetite among children, and feeling tired.

Can Hep A vaccine cause rash?

This vaccine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you or your child have a rash, itching, swelling of the tongue and throat, or trouble breathing after you get the injection.

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How does the hepatitis A vaccine work?

The hepatitis A and B vaccine is used to help prevent these diseases in adults. The vaccine works by exposing you to a small dose of the virus, which causes the body to develop immunity to the disease. This vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.