Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A is an infection that attacks the liver. The hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes the disease. The virus is mainly found in the blood and faeces of an infected person. Due to the low risk of infections, the Hepatitis A vaccine is not given routinely in the UK. However, it’s advisable to get the vaccine when travelling to countries or areas where hepatitis A is common. Our hepatitis A vaccine in Brighton will protect you while travelling.
Who should get the Hepatitis A vaccine?
Individuals who should get the hepatitis A vaccine include:
– Anyone who interacts closely with a hepatitis A patient
– Long-stay travellers to areas where hepatitis A is prevalent
– Those suffering from any type of chronic liver condition
– Men who engage in sex with other men
– Those who use drugs by injection
– People whose work puts them at risk of hepatitis A exposure
Types of Hepatitis A vaccine in Brighton
There are three main types of hepatitis A vaccines. These are:
– Hepatitis A only vaccine
– a Hepatitis A and hepatitis B combined vaccine
– Hepatitis A and typhoid fever combined vaccine
You can consult with our pharmacist to understand more about the type of vaccine that is suitable for you.
Plan to get all your travel vaccinations earlier before travelling overseas. You should ideally get the vaccines at least two to three weeks before leaving. If necessary, you can still get some vaccines even on the very day of departure.
However, for long-term protection, it’s recommended that you get more doses of the vaccine after six to twelve months.
Side effects of the vaccine
After getting the hepatitis A vaccine injection, some people may experience temporary swelling, soreness and redness at the injection site.
A painless lump may also form, however, it’s not a cause of concern since it goes away quickly. Other uncommon side effects of the hepatitis A vaccine include feeling sick, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, and an increase in temperature.
For more information or to book a hepatitis A vaccine, get in touch.