Hepatitis A is one of the most contagious diseases of the liver. If not cured on time, it may cause liver failure. Symptoms of hepatitis A include vomiting, jaundice, fever, nausea, stomach, joint pain, and tiredness. The main cause of this disease is consuming contaminated food and drinks or coming in contact with a hepatitis A infected patient.
Pediatricians in Charlotte advise that people who are at high risk of the disease, such as hospital workers, sexually active gay or bisexual men, the elderly, children, and world travelers must be vaccinated against hepatitis A.
The vaccination is given via two shots with an interval of 6 months. The vaccine for both hepatitis A and B can be given to people who are 18 years and above, although they are recommended and usually administered during childhood. The vaccine for Hepatitis B is administered in 3 doses over 6 months.
Administration of the vaccine
The hepatitis A vaccine is given to the children in their thighs and in the upper arms for the teenagers and adults. Reports of side effects from the vaccine are rare. These effects have been quite mild, such as headache, fever, or nausea.