What is Hepatitis A?
- Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness.
How is it spread?
- Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter—even in microscopic amounts—from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by feces or stool from an infected person.
- Hepatitis A also can be spread through contaminated food or water. Contamination of food can happen at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling, and even after cooking.
What are the symptoms?
- Not everyone has symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after infection and can include: Fever, fatigue, vomiting, joint pain, nausea
Can it be prevented?
- Yes – The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated.
Information about the vaccine?
- Is the vaccine safe?
- How effective is the vaccine?
- It appears to be 100% effective in prevent infection following completion of the two-shot series.
- Who should receive the vaccine?
- All children starting at age 1 year.
- Travelers to countries where Hepatitis A is common.
- People with other health issues such as blood clotting disorders or chronic liver disease.
- Recreational drug users, whether injected or not.
- Can the vaccine be given after potential exposure to the virus?
- Is the vaccine covered by my benefit?
- Yes – please log in to PEHP for Members and refer to your benefit summary for complete details of vaccination coverage. Your benefit summary is located under the myBenefits menu.
- How is the vaccine given?
- The vaccine is given as a two-shot series, 6 months apart.
- Where can I have the vaccine administered?
- As the vaccine requires a two-shot series, administration by your physician or local health department is recommended.