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
Available Medicine for Hepatitis A
- ₹1395Wockhardt Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹1298 to ₹1385Sanofi India Ltd2 variant(s)
- ₹1003Panacea Biotec Ltd1 variant(s)
- ₹747 to ₹1981Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd3 variant(s)
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
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.