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Hepatitis A
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the feces (poop) of infected people.
The hepatitis A virus is spread when invisible particles of feces (poop) get into your mouth. You can get hepatitis A by eating contaminated food or water, during sex, or just by living with an infected person.
If you get infected with hepatitis A, your skin and eyes can turn yellow. You can get very sick for weeks and may need to be hospitalized, and even die. Some people don't feel sick, but they can still spread the virus to others.
You are more likely to be infected with the virus if you travel or work outside the U.S, use illegal drugs, have sex with an infected person, or care for a recently arrived unvaccinated child from a country where hepatitis A is common.
You are more likely to have severe illness if you have chronic liver disease.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.
Hepatitis A Vaccine Schedule
Two doses of hepatitis A vaccine are recommended for all children beginning at age 12 months. The two doses should be separated by 6 months. Children and adolescents through age 18 years who have not previously been vaccinated should be vaccinated routinely at any age. If you didn't get the vaccine as a child, you should get vaccinated now if you are in a group at risk for hepatitis A, or just if you want to be protected.
Trusted Websites
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A
Find fact sheets for parents and children, resources, multimedia, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about Hepatitis A
Information about Hepatitis A
Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.
A Look at Each Vaccine: Hepatitis A
A Look at Each Vaccine: Hepatitis A
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines from the Vaccine Education Center
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Video Library
Video: Jill's Experience with Hepatitis A
Jill's Experience with Hepatitis A: Jill is like many other adults who gave little or no thought to the risks of hepatitis A or hepatitis B. Then she became sick. Jill contracted hepatitis A virus from a source she cannot identify. But what she does know for certain is how complicated her life became as a result of becoming infected with hepatitis A virus.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from hepatitis A
Virus Saps Grad in Her Peak Weeks
Traveling Filmmaker Reflects on the High Cost of Hepatitis A Virus Infection
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More Hepatitis A Information
Hepatitis A: Make sure your child is protected
Hepatitis A: Make sure your child is protected (IAC)
1-page summary for parents
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Protect Yourself from Hepatitis A
Protect Yourself from Hepatitis A (IAC)
1-page summary for teens and adults
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Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences
Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences (IAC)
Information on symptoms, risk factors, prevention, treatment, and more
Should I Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A?
Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A? (IAC)
Learn the risk factors
Hepatitis Is A Serious Liver Disease
Hepatitis Is a Serious Liver Disease (IAC)
Fact sheet for all ages
Hepatitis A Questions & Answers
Hepatitis A Q&As (IAC)
Hepatitis A disease and vaccine information
Hepatitis A Overview for parents
Overview for Parents (CDC)
Frequently asked questions
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Hepatitis A: What You Should Know
What You Should Know (VEC)
Hepatitis A Q&A fact sheet
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Hepatitis A Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
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This page was updated on October 10, 2019.
This page was reviewed on September 30, 2019.
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