Hepatitis A


Price : £50 per dose
No. of Doses : 2
Age : Adult and Junior (1 yr+)
Protection Length : 25 Years*


* Prices are subject to change due to current market availability – full price list

About the vaccine

The hepatitis A vaccine is an essential immunisation for travellers intending to visit other countries. This vaccine guards against the hepatitis A virus, which can be contracted through contaminated food and water in areas with inadequate sanitation. Hepatitis A can induce severe liver inflammation and flu-like symptoms, potentially disrupting travel plans and leading to significant health complications. By receiving the hepatitis A vaccine before travelling, individuals can protect themselves against this preventable illness, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable journey abroad.


When to Get Vaccinated: You should ideally get vaccinated against hepatitis A at least two weeks before your planned travel. This allows your body enough time to develop immunity to the virus before potential exposure. However, if your travel plans are imminent and you haven’t received the vaccine, it’s still beneficial to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as even partial immunity can provide some level of protection. Additionally, remember that the hepatitis A vaccine often requires multiple doses to achieve full immunity, so it’s essential to plan ahead and start the vaccination process early if you haven’t been vaccinated before. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice regarding vaccination timing based on your specific circumstances and travel plans.

Course: The hepatitis A vaccine typically consists of two doses, administered at specific intervals. The second dose is usually given six to 12 months after the first dose. However, some accelerated schedules are available, where the second dose can be given six to 12 months after the first dose, and a booster dose may be recommended after a certain period for long-term protection. It’s essential to complete the entire vaccination course as recommended by your healthcare provider to ensure maximum protection against hepatitis A.

How It Is Given: The hepatitis A vaccine is usually administered via injection into the muscle, typically in the upper arm.

Side Effects: The hepatitis A vaccine is generally safe and well-tolerated, with most people experiencing minimal or mild side effects. Common side effects may include soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Some individuals may also experience mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, or muscle aches shortly after receiving the vaccine. These side effects usually resolve on their own within a few days.

Risk if You Contract the Disease: Hepatitis A can significantly impact liver function and overall health, particularly in severe cases or in individuals with pre-existing liver conditions. Prompt diagnosis, supportive care, and preventive measures such as vaccination are crucial in managing and preventing the spread of hepatitis A.

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