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Hepatitis A vaccination

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver that is caused by the hepatitis A virus. This often manifests itself in non-specific general symptoms or with gastrointestinal complaints and jaundice. In rare cases, severe disease or death occurs in people over 40 years old. Chronic courses do not occur.
The transmission of hepatitis A occurs via a contact or smear infection from person to person (fecal-oral) or through consumption of contaminated food such as lettuce fertilized with feces, mussels from contaminated marine areas or through contaminated food Drinking water. Hepatitis A occurs worldwide, but particularly in places with poor sanitary conditions and inadequate drinking water controls.

Who should be against hepatitis A be vaccinated?

If you are planning a trip to southern and eastern European countries or to Africa, Asia, South and Central America, you should get vaccinated. The risk of infection in these countries is 1:500 per month of stay - regardless of travel style.

How and when is the hepatitis A vaccination carried out and what needs to be taken into account?

The hepatitis A vaccination is an inactivated vaccine and is often given in combination with hepatitis B or typhoid.  
The basic immunization takes place in two doses at least 6 months apart. The protection lasts for at least 10 years, probably even over 25 years.
In general, the vaccination is very well tolerated. However, 10% of those vaccinated experience short-term general health problems such as headaches or fatigue.

What should I do next?

To find out which vaccinations are suitable for your If your planned trip makes sense, simply make an appointment for travel medical advice at one of our Avi Medical practices and discuss it with our team of doctors. The team will tell you what you should consider so that you can be safe and relaxed on your next trip.