Hepatitis A is a viral disease that mainly affects the liver and gives the skin a yellowish tone. Therefore, the condition is also called jaundice. More severe liver damage can occur for very few people affected by the infection. Still, it is a less common consequence of the disease. People become mainly infected because food and drink are not handled with cleanliness and good hygiene. Symptoms of the disease are vomiting, nausea, fatigue and fever. The majority of people who get sick recover completely.
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When is hepatitis A vaccination needed?
Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended when travelling to several countries worldwide. Among other countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. Vaccination against hepatitis A is given by a dose of vaccine either one or more weeks before a trip abroad. The protection is then sufficient for about a year. Relevant to keep in mind is that a second dose taken 6-12 months after the first dose can protect for up to 30 years. However, the hepatitis A vaccine does not provide 100% protection. There may still be a risk of infection, especially for individuals in risk groups.
Does the hepatitis A vaccine have any side effects?
As with most vaccines, the side effects of the hepatitis A vaccine are mild and occur in the form of irritation, swelling and tenderness around the injection site. More severe side effects than those are infrequent. It is uncommon to get nausea as a side effect, but it can occur in isolated cases.