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Immunization

Hepatitis A

The hepatitis A vaccine protects against a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.

• This vaccine is only available publicly funded (free) for those in the following high risk groups:

• Anyone with chronic liver disease (Hepatitis B, C).
• Those who use IV drugs.
• Men who have sex with men.
• People who have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus through an outbreak.

• This vaccine may be recommended for others based on risk factors, however they would have to purchase it.

• 90-97% of those fully vaccinated before exposure are protected from HA.
• Studies of HA outbreaks have shown that the use of vaccine in those at risk interrupts the outbreak. The protective efficacy of vaccine in one study when vaccine was used within one week of exposure was 79%.

• At this time there are no other ways to prevent this disease.
• Practice good personal hygiene to reduce your risk. Wash your hands:

• After using the washroom
• After changing an infant/child's diaper
• Before preparing food
• Before eating

 

• The risk of a serious reaction or side effect from this vaccine is much less than the risk of hepatitis A.
• If you experience any side effect worse than what is listed below, please seek medical advice and notify the health unit.

Common

• Pain in the muscle
• Redness

Less Common

• Headache
• Irritability
• Fever
• Feeling tired
• Feeling unwell
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting

Rare

• Anaphylaxis

• Anyone with an allergy to any of the vaccine components or who has had an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to this vaccine.
• Anyone under the age of 1 year

Havrix™

Avaxim®

Vaqta®

Also found in…

Disodium phosphate

 

 

Pudding, Jell-O

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde

Mushrooms, Pears, Apples

Monopotassium phosphate

 

 

Gatorade

Aluminum

Aluminum

Aluminum

Breast milk, infant formula

Polysorbate 20

 

 

Ice cream

Potassium chloride

 

 

Chocolate milk, Yogurt

Sodium chloride

 

Sodium chloride

Table salt

 

Latex

Balloons

 

 

Sodium borate

Water, soil

 

 

Bovine albumin

Protein derived from cows

Neomycin

Neomycin

Neomycin

Antibiotics

 

Polysorbate 80

 

Ice cream

 

Medium 199 Hanks

 

Cell culture

 

2-Phenoxyethanol

 

Cosmetics, toothpaste

 

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