Hepatitis A Vaccine

Vaccine Category Age Group Price
Hepatitis A Avaxim® From 16 years and over £45.00
Under 16 years £55.00
Epaxal® From 1 year and over
Havrix Junior monodose® From 1 to 15 years
VAQTA® Paediatric
Inactivated viral
From 1 to 17 years
Booster All of the Above

How is the vaccine administered to Travellers?

Get vaccine 14 or more days before you travel. The vaccine is administered to those age 12 months or older.
Make sure you get your first dose administered as soon as your trip has been considered.

Booster

Boost between 6 months – 1 year. It is however unnecessary to restart the primary course.
Protection is expected for 25 years from the second dose

AREAS HIGHLY AFFECTED

Developing countries with poor sanitary conditions and hygienic practices.
Countries with transitional economies where sanitation varies from good to bad.

SIDE EFFECTS

Anyone with life-threatening allergy to any component of the vaccine.
Pregnant women or nursing mothers.
Anyone who is unable to swallow the vaccine tablets whole without chewing them.
Anyone younger than 17 or older than 50 years of age.
Other precautions:

  • If you have HIV/AIDS
  • If you have cancer and
  • If you are going through chemotherapy
  • For women do not get pregnant for 6 weeks following vaccination.
  • Postponed if you are vomiting or have diarrhoea.

WHO MUST NOT TAKE THIS VACCINATION

  • If you have feverish illness
  • If you have had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine
  • If you are allergic to antibiotics
  • Children under 15 years of age

FACTS – Did You Know that?

No vaccine is licensed for children younger than 1 year of age
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease
Hepatitis A is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water or through direct contact with an infectious person
The risk of hepatitis A infection is common where there is poor hygiene and sanitation
Epidemics can be explosive and cause substantial economic loss

What is Hepatitis A?

Description

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the Liver. It is one of the most common reasons behind foodborne infections. Hepatitis A is a disease that occurs all around the world especially in countries where sanitation conditions are poor.

Transmission

Hepatitis A is transmitted through ingesting contaminated food and water that has faeces. Due to poor sanitation, it is possible for the virus to be passed on to a human through direct contact.

Symptoms

It can take up to a fortnight for symptoms to even start appearing when you have Hepatitis A. Different severities of the virus show different symptoms. In older and those with pre-existing liver diseases there will be higher severity than that of younger children and adults. The typical symptoms include fever, muscular pains, vomiting/nausea, diarrhoea, weight loss, abdominal pain and the yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes.

Treatment

There is currently no treatment for Hepatitis A however, symptoms can just pass within a few months. Symptoms can be treated at home.

Prevention

It is of utmost important to observe food and water hygiene whilst travelling. This includes only drinking bottled water, completely avoiding the use of ice, avoiding consumption of salads and only consuming food that is extremely hot upon serving. Hepatitis A can also be prevented by the use of a very safe and effective vaccine.