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Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is very contagious and spreads through consumption of contaminated food or water.

Vaccination is one of the most reliable way to prevent hepatitis A infection.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection, caused by the hepatitis A virus. Its severity can range from a mild to severe illness which can last from few weeks to months.

How is Hepatitis A transmitted?

The disease is usually transmitted by faecal-oral route when someone ingests contaminated food and water.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?

Not everyone who is infected has symptoms. Symptoms (if developed) usually may appear within 2 to 4 weeks after infection.

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to-

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Grey-coloured stools
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine

Remember:

When compared to children, the severity of disease and fatal outcomes are more with adults.

When should a child receive the Hepatitis A Vaccination?

Children can get hepatitis A vaccination starting from 12 months of age. Different hepatitis A vaccines have different schedules.

Consult your doctor for information on Hepatitis A vaccination.

However, consult your doctor for more information.

What are the common side effects associated with Hepatitis A Vaccination?

Hepatitis A vaccines are generally well tolerated. Some of the side effects that may be experienced but are not limited to-

  • Fever
  • Redness
  • Headache
  • Appetite loss
  • General ill feeling

For more details on side effects, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

Who is at risk?

All who have not been vaccinated or previously infected can get infected with the Hepatitis A virus.

How common is hepatitis A in India?

Hepatitis A is found across the world and is common in India. Due to significant improvement in hygiene and sanitation, some children do not get infected at an early age and subsequently don’t develop immunity. Therefore, an increased number of susceptible adolescents and adults are at risk of acquiring infection. Infections in this age group can be severe, with an impact on work and study. Severity of Hepatitis A increases with age and can lead to complications like acute liver failure or mortality in few cases.

How can my child be protected against Hepatitis A?

You can protect your child from Hepatitis A infection by the following means:

  • By drinking clean water and maintaining good sanitation at home and in your surroundings.
  • Vaccination against Hepatitis A.

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Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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