Vaccine - Hepatitis A - Child

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting hepatitis A, a viral infection of the liver.

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting hepatitis A, a viral infection of the liver.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause:

  • Fever
  • Stomachache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Liver failure (in rare cases)

The hepatitis A vaccine helps protect your child from an infection with the hepatitis A virus. It will not protect you from other liver infections (other types of hepatitis).

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their first dose of the hepatitis A vaccine between ages twelve and twenty-three months. The second dose should be given six to eighteen months after the first dose was given.

  • If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.
  • Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if they have a known allergy to any of the components of the vaccine.
  • Protection against hepatitis A typically begins one month after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.

Contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on their vaccinations. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the hepatitis A vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for my child, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if my child doesn't get the vaccine?


Also known as:

Vaccine Hepatitis A
Vaccine - Hepatitis A - Child
Immunization Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A Shot
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