Hepatitis A

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Hepatitis A is a 2 dose vaccination schedule for both adults and children. The second dose is given 6-12 months after the first vaccination dose.

Hepatitis A Vaccination Adult Child
Single Hepatitis A Vaccination £55 £80
Course of Treatment: 2 doses £110 £160
Total cost including nurse fee £130 £180

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Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection which is spread through food and water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A affects the liver causing jaundice, and whilst most people make a full recovery, it can result in chronic liver disease and be fatal.

Hepatitis A is easily preventable through vaccination, and there are several types of vaccines available in the UK to adults and children over the age of 12 months.

As the risk of infection in the UK is low, it isn’t routinely given but for those planning to travel to certain countries it is strongly advised they get vaccinated. Outbreaks and the risk remain high in certain areas worldwide including in Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle-East, Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. Outbreaks have also occurred in the Czech Republic and Hawaii.

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Who should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is offered to people planning to travel to parts of the world where Hepatitis A is common due to poor sanitation.

The vaccine is also recommended to anyone in close contact with someone who has hepatitis A, people with long-term liver disease, men who have sex with other men, people who inject drugs, those who may be exposed to hepatitis A through their job.

How many doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine is required?

There are several types of vaccines available in the UK to adults and children over the age of 1 years.

It can be given alone or in combination with typhoid, whereby a single injection provides protection for 12 months. A second injection given 6 months later will afford 25 years of protection against Hepatitis A.

It is also possible to receive Hepatitis A in combination with Hepatitis B (TwinRix) whereby 2 or 3 doses of the vaccination can be given between 3 weeks or 6 months.

How does the Hepatitis A vaccine work?

The hepatitis A vaccine contains an inactivated hepatitis A virus.

This stimulates the body to produce antibodies which will fight and prevent hepatitis A infection.

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What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

The virus infects liver cells and causes inflammation which can affect how your liver works.

How is Hepatitis A spread?

The virus lives in faeces and if someone has poor hygiene and doesn’t wash their hands properly traces of the virus can transfer from the hands and contaminate food or drink.

It is commonly spread via contaminated food and water but it is also possible to transmit the virus through sex if tiny amounts of faces get on fingers or into mouths.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A?

Symptoms of hepatitis A usually present around 4-6 weeks are being infected and can last for several weeks/months.

Such symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • High temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling sick/vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Pain in upper right part of your abdomen
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Dark urine and pale faeces

Book your Hepatitis A vaccination online

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Hepatitis A is a 2 dose vaccination schedule for both adults and children. The second dose is given 6-12 months after the first vaccination dose.

Hepatitis A Vaccination Adult Child
Single Hepatitis A Vaccination £55 £80
Course of Treatment: 2 doses £110 £160
Total cost including nurse fee £130 £180

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

FAQs

Travellers should be careful with food and water and:-

  • Ensure all food is cooked thoroughly and served hot
  • Stick to bottled water only with a seal or boiled water– no tap water,
  • Avoid ice (usually made from tap water)
  • Eat fruit that can be peeled or sliced without contamination (such as bananas)
  • Avoid high-risk food such as shellfish, raw or rare meat, salad, buffet food, reheated food
  • Use condoms for anal sex
  • Frequent hand washing