The most effective way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated. Kids should get the vaccination around their first birthday. You can contract hepatitis A if you eat food or drink water which contains hepatitis A virus in it. Hepatitis A also gets spread if you come in close contact with people who are suffering from hepatitis A or have a sexual relationship with an infected person.
Vaccinations for Hepatitis A:
Two types of vaccines are available – Vaqta and Havrix. Both of them require two injections which need to be administered within six months of gap. A combined vaccine is also available for HAV and HBV virus named Twinrix.
Who should get the Hepatitis A Vaccination?
Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for people in the following circumstances:
Are there any side effects of Hepatitis A Vaccination?
Hepatitis vaccine is very effective. It is observed that more than 99% of people who get them vaccinated with hepatitis A vaccine develop immunity against the hepatitis A virus and never gets hepatitis A virus when exposed to it. There is a side effect of hepatitis A vaccination, soreness occurs at the injection site and has mild flu-like symptoms.
Prevention against Hepatitis A:
In case you are not vaccinated against hepatitis A virus then following are few measures that can help you to prevent hepatitis A infection: