Who needs a hepatitis A vaccine?

Is hepatitis A vaccine necessary?

Is the hepatitis A vaccine really necessary? The chance of death from a hepatitis A infection is very small, but most doctors still recommend that children get vaccinated in order to reduce the overall number of hepatitis A infections.

When did Hep A vaccine become mandatory?

In August 2005, the youngest age for which hepatitis A vaccine was licensed was lowered from 24 months to 12 months, and in May 2006, the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine vaccination of all children aged 12–23 months, regardless of risk category or location.

How often do you need Hep A vaccine?

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).

Should adults get hepatitis A vaccine?

This vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body. Vaccination with hepatitis A adult vaccine is recommended for all adults who travel in certain areas of the world where hepatitis A is a common disease.

Is hepatitis A vaccine live?

The hepatitis A vaccine does not cause hepatitis because it does not contain the live virus. It contains inactivated hepatitis A virus. The vaccine works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies, which are proteins that will fight and kill the virus and prevent hepatitis A infection.

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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.

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

Is the hepatitis A vaccine FDA approved?

Havrix [PDF – 16 pages]external icon: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this vaccine in 1995. It is approved for people 1 year of age and older, travelers to other countries, and others at risk.

Do adults need a varicella booster?

CDC recommends 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults to protect against varicella. Children are routinely recommended to receive the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at age 4 through 6 years old.

Can you get hepatitis A if you have been vaccinated?

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.

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.

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