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How and when should you get the hepatitis A vaccine?

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You get the hepatitis A vaccine in the muscle of your upper arm. Start the vaccine series when you're at risk of infection and at least 1 month before traveling. You need two doses at least 6 months apart.

There are also combination vaccines for adults that protect against both hepatitis A and hepatitis B. But these have a different dosing schedule. Ask your doctor for details. You might prefer this option if, for example, you're traveling to countries with high rates of both diseases.

From: Hepatitis A Vaccine for Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Hepatitis A for Adults."

National Network for Immunization Information: ''Hepatitis A.''

CDC: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: What You Need to Know" and ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary.''

Immunization Action Coalition: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Hepatitis A for Adults."

National Network for Immunization Information: ''Hepatitis A.''

CDC: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: What You Need to Know" and ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary.''

Immunization Action Coalition: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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