About the vaccine
- When to get vaccinated: You should get vaccinated at least two weeks before travelling.
- Course: The course consists of one dose.
- Boosters: The vaccine protects you for one year. If you have another booster after one year, you remain protected for at least 10 years thereafter.
- How it is given: An injection in the upper arm.
- Side effects: Side effects can include a high temperature, feeling tired and soreness at the injection site.
- Children: The vaccine is suitable for children over the age of one.
- Additional precautions: You need to practise food safety while in an area where hepatitis A is endemic.
- Risk if you contract hepatitis A: Hepatitis A can cause mild to severe symptoms, including fever and digestive issues. Rarely it can cause complications such as liver failure.
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Please note: Due to a nationwide shortage, we are currently out of stock for hepatitis a.
A hepatitis A vaccine requires one single injection, which should ideally be scheduled to take place at least 2 weeks before travelling abroad. It provides protection for one year, after which you will require a booster dose, which will ensure protection for a further 20 years. After the injection, your skin around the injection site may harden and you may experience soreness or swelling. Some people also find they feel a little tired after the vaccine or temporarily have a high temperature. In addition to the hepatitis A vaccination, there are combined vaccination courses for hepatitis A and typhoid as well as hepatitis A and hepatitis B. If you are unsure as to which vaccine is best for you, your Superdrug travel nurse will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment for you.
What is hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a viral infection, which affects the human liver. The hepatitis A virus is usually ingested via contaminated food or water and is endemic to countries with an insufficient sanitation system. It can spread rapidly and is known to cause sudden epidemics. After an incubation period of 2 - 4 weeks, patients usually develop hepatitis A symptoms such as fever, digestive problems and jaundice. The severity of the symptoms varies in different people and can range from mild to very severe. In rare cases, hepatitis A can lead to complications such as cholestasis and liver failure. According to the World Health Organisation, every year there are about 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A worldwide.
Hepatitis A risk areas
Areas affected by hepatitis A include the South American continent, the African continent as well as most countries in Asia. The hepatitis risk in any area depends on local hygiene practices and the local sanitation system. People living in high risk areas usually contract hepatitis A early in their lives and develop immunity that protects them, which is why large outbreaks in high risk areas are quite rare. However, visitors travelling to these destinations have not previously been exposed to the illness and require a hepatitis A vaccine to stay healthy.
Preventing hepatitis A
Whenever you travel to areas with an increased risk of viral or bacterial infections, you should follow a few simple rules to limit your exposure to local diseases. Most of these rules are easy to follow but at the same time very effective in reducing your risk of hepatitis A. It is best to be careful with foods if you do not know how they have been prepared and cooked. You should only drink boiled or bottled water and wash your hands very carefully after going to the toilet and before preparing food. If you think you have symptoms of hepatitis, always seek advice from a doctor.
How it works
Book an appointment
Book online or call our booking line. Our lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat until 5pm.
During your appointment, the nurse or pharmacist will assess which vaccines or medications you need.
Get your treatment
Once our health advisor has assessed your needs, you'll receive your vaccinations & treatments straight away.