Hepatitis A

What is it?

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). 
Common symptoms include tiredness, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice 

The hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective, and almost 100% of fully vaccinated people are immune.
2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine are recommended beginning at 12 months with a second dose at least 6 months later. 

Vaccine Options:

What's the difference between them?

Havrix and Vaqta exclusively protect against hepatitis A, while Twinrix protects against hepatitis A and hepatitis B

For more information about hepatitis A vaccination, click here

Relevant Terms

  • Asymptomatic: does not have symptoms or does not appear sick

  • Bile: a fluid stored in the liver that is involved in digestion

  • Jaundice: when the skin and eyes turn yellow. This is caused by a high level of bilirubin, which is a pigment in bile that comes from the breakdown of red blood cells.