Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A vaccine: prevents Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis A vaccine is a 2 dose vaccine. You should receive a Hepatitis A vaccine if you want to avoid getting Hepatitis A, if you were vaccinated in the past but did not receive your second dose, if you are part of a high risk group or if you are traveling outside the U.S.
  • What is Hepatitis A? An infection in the liver that is spread person-to-person primarily through the fecal-oral route. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, dark urine or jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes). An infected person may have no symptoms, mild symptoms, or severe symptoms that last for months and require hospitalization. Approximately 100 people in the U.S. diet each year from Hepatitis A.
  • Fifteen percent of people with Hepatitis A are hospitalized each year.

If you would like to prevent both Hepatitis A and B, there is a vaccine available called Twinrix that combines the two vaccines. 

Click here for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement for Hepatitis A