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General Information on Hepatitis A Vaccine

Generic Name : Hepatitis A Vaccine

Pronunciation : HEP a TYE tis

Latest prescription information about Hepatitis A Vaccine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y59.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Immunizing Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Hepatitis A Vaccine

India : 

International : 

Havrix, Vaqta

Why is Hepatitis A Vaccine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a vaccine given to individuals over 2 years of age to prevent hepatitis A infection. It stimulates the body to produce antibodies against hepatitis A infection. 

When should Hepatitis A Vaccine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Severe immunodeficiency, allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of any hepatitis A-containing vaccine, or to any component of Hepatitis A vaccine including neomycin.
Malignant disease being treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy and for at least 6 months after stopping treatment.
Patients with compromised immune system such as those on high-dose systemic corticosteroids, immunosuppressant or HIV positive.

What is the dosage of Hepatitis A Vaccine?

IM- Single dose of 0.5 or 1 ml depending on the product and patient's age. Give booster dose 6-12 months after the initial dose. Give via subcutaneous administration in haemophiliacs.

How should Hepatitis A Vaccine be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection administered by a health care provider into the large muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Hepatitis A Vaccine?

Hepatitis A vaccine becomes effective after a period of at least 2 weeks. A second dose is administered 6 to 12 months after the first dose.

It should not be used in children younger than 12 months old.

Alcohol or disinfectant used for cleaning the skin prior to injection should be allowed to evaporate completely before vaccination to prevent vaccine inactivation.

Caution needed for patients with history of illnesses or infections, blood disorders, immune system disorders, any allergies, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What are the side effects of Hepatitis A Vaccine?

  Central Nervous System: Headache and tiredness.
  Local: Redness, soreness, swelling, redness, or warmth at the injection site and indurations at injection site.
  Miscellaneous: Loss of appetite, mild fever, nausea and transient soreness.

What are the other precautions for Hepatitis A Vaccine?

For IM injection only. Not for IV or intradermal administration.

What are the storage conditions for Hepatitis A Vaccine?

It is usually handled and stored by a health care provider.

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