Hepatitis A Vaccine
What Is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The hepatitis A virus (HAV) is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water or through direct contact with an infectious person. Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A with a lifelong immunity.
Who Should Get a Hepatitis A Vaccine?
The CDC recommends that all children between ages should 12 months and 23 months get this vaccine as well as for any infant aged 6 to 11 months who is traveling internationally.
Hepatitis A Symptoms
- Sudden nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
- Clay-colored bowel movements.
- Loss of appetite.
- Low-grade fever.
- Dark urine.
- Joint pain.
How Does Hepatitis A Spread?
The hepatitis A virus is transmitted primarily by the faecal-oral route; that is when an uninfected person ingests food or water that has been contaminated with the faeces of an infected person.
How to Reduce the Spreading or Catching of the Hepatitis A virus?
Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom and when you come in contact with an infected person’s blood, stools, or other bodily fluid. Avoid unclean food and water.
How Hepatitis Strains Spread
FOOD OR WATER