The hepatitis A vaccine protects your child against infection with the hepatitis A virus. Your child can get hepatitis A from eating contaminated food or from close contact with an infected person. Hepatitis A infection can be very serious.
The hepatitis A vaccine may be recommended for some children starting at or before 1 year of age and for people who have a high risk of infection, such as travellers to countries where hepatitis is common. Talk to your doctor to see if your child needs a hepatitis A vaccination.
The vaccine is given as two shots. The first shot gives your child some protection. But the second one protects your child for at least 20 years. Your child can get the second shot 6 months after the first one.
The shot may cause some pain. It can also make your child fussy or not want to eat. Sometimes children get an upset stomach. But these symptoms aren't common. If your child has a bad reaction to the first shot, tell your doctor. In this case, it may not be a good idea to get the second shot.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of:
February 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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