Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A?

This is a serious liver condition caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus is usually found in infected individual’s stool and those infected and can spread by personal contact or by drinking water or eating food that contains HAV.

If a person has Hepatitis A, it can cause:

  • Mild flu-like symptoms
  • Jaundice (yellow look to the eyes or skin)
  • Stomach pain and diarrhea

Those who contract hepatitis A usually have to be hospitalized due to the symptoms it causes.

Who needs a Hepatitis A vaccine? When?

Receiving a Hepatitis A vaccination can help prevent cases of hepatitis A. Those who should get this vaccination include:

  • All children between the ages of 12 and 23 months.
  • Anyone over the age of 1 who is traveling to a country with a high or moderate prevalence of hepatitis A – eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico, South and Central America.
  • Children and adolescents through the age of 18 who live in areas where the disease is prevalent.
  • Those working with primates who are HAV-infected or in research laboratories where HAV is present.

What are the risks of the hepatitis A vaccine?

Just like any vaccine, this could cause some allergic reactions including:

  • Soreness at the shot location
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness

If a serious allergic reaction occurs (which is extremely rare) the person should seek medical attention.

How can I learn more about the Hepatitis A vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.