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For which adults is it important to get a hepatitis A vaccine?

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As an adult, you should get the shot if you:

  • Travel to Africa, Asia (except Japan), the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, Mexico, and parts of the Caribbean
  • Use recreational drugs
  • Are in the military
  • Work in a day care center, nursing home, or you're a health care professional
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Have long-term liver disease
  • Take blood products to treat hemophilia or other conditions

From: Can I Prevent Hepatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for Health Professional," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012," "Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel," "Preventing Hepatitis B," "Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs."

Mayo Clinic: "Hepatitis A."

MedlinePlus: "Preventing Hepatitis A," "Preventing Hepatitis B or C."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis A."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 27, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for Health Professional," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012," "Prevent Hepatitis A: Get Vaccinated Before You Travel," "Preventing Hepatitis B," "Viral Hepatitis and Young Persons Who Inject Drugs."

Mayo Clinic: "Hepatitis A."

MedlinePlus: "Preventing Hepatitis A," "Preventing Hepatitis B or C."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis A."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 27, 2017

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