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Which adults should get the hepatitis A vaccine?

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The CDC recommends adults get the hepatitis A vaccine (HAV) if you:

Also, if you work with food, you should consider getting the hepatitis A vaccine.

  • Are traveling to or working in countries where hepatitis A is common (such as countries in Central or South America, Mexico, many Asian countries, Africa, and Eastern Europe)
  • Will have close contact with an international adoptee from a country where hepatitis A is common
  • Are a man who has sex with men
  • Use street drugs
  • Have chronic liver disease
  • Work with primates infected with hepatitis A or with the virus in a research lab

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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