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    Hepatitis A

    Information about Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis a uses

    Hepatitis A is used to prevent Hepatitis A virus infection. It is used in high-risk groups, travellers, chronic liver disease and in outbreaks of the illness.

    How hepatitis a works

    Hepatitis A is an inactivated vaccine (made from a dead virus). It helps develop immunity by forming antibodies, which are proteins that protect against infection caused by viruses present in the vaccine.

    Common side effects of hepatitis a

    Nausea, Pain, Pharyngitis, Abdominal pain, Anaphylactic reaction, Convulsion, Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Loss of appetite, Feeling of discomfort, Skin redness, Tenderness, Vomiting, Warm sensation

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    Expert advice for Hepatitis A

    • Inform your doctor before taking the vaccine if you have a weakened immune system due to cancer, use of anti-cancer drugs, dialysis or HIV infection.
    • Inform your doctor if you have problems with blood clotting or if you have hepatitis A infection or live in an area prone to hepatitis A infection.
    • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you experience dizziness or headache after taking hepatitis A vaccine.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
    • Do not take if allergic to hepatitis A or any other vaccines or any of its ingredients
    • Do not take if suffering with fever or bleeding disorders.

    Frequently asked questions for Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A

    Q. Is hepatitis A infection curable?

    No. Hepatitis A infection is not curable. In most cases, treatment is not required. However, the symptoms of hepatitis A can be controlled

    Q. Is hepatitis A infection fatal or life-threatening?

    No. Hepatitis A infection usually does not cause liver disease. But in some cases, it may lead to acute liver failure which can be life-threatening

    Q. Is hepatitis A infection contagious?

    Yes. Hepatitis A virus infection is contagious

    Q. Does it spread through saliva or sharing of food?

    It spreads only if a person comes in contact with the feces (stools) of the infected person

    Q. Does hepatitis A vaccine cause fever?

    Mild fever may occur after hepatitis A vaccine administration . Contact your doctor if your fever worsens or does not go away

    Q. Is hepatitis A vaccine necessary?

    Although not mandatory, hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for children (18 months-2 years) in India and adults who do not live in hepatitis A prevalent area.

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)