About The Disease
Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of persons with hepatitis a. The spread of HAV is usually by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV.
Hepatitis A can cause a wide variety of symptoms ranging from mild "flu-like" illness to more serious problems, such as yellowing of the eyes (jaundice), severe stomach pains, and diarrhea, that may require hospital admission.
A person who has hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household.
In some cases, hepatitis A causes death.
About Hepatitis A Vaccine
Benefits of the vaccine
Vaccination is the best way to protect against hepatitis A. People who get hepatitis A vaccine have protection for years against infection with HAV. The vaccine is made from a killed virus and is given as a short in the muscle of the upper arm 9deltoid). Before hepatitis A vaccine was available, only short term protection could be achieved by giving immune globulin (also called ‘gamma globulin" or IG) (see box on back of form).
Hepatitis A vaccine schedule
The dose and vaccination schedule vary according to age:
Who should get hepatitis A vaccine?
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