Hepatitis A

The Disease

Hepatitis A is a serious disease that causes liver inflammation. It is caused by the hepatitis A virus , which is found in the stool of persons with hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated.


The Immunization

You can protect children from hepatitis A by getting them vaccinated with two doses of hepatitis A vaccine. It is recommended that children receive their first dose between 12-23 months of age, although the vaccine can be given at later visits. The second dose of vaccine should be given at least 6 months following the first dose.


AAP Vaccine Recommendations


Other Resources


Last Updated: 7/13/2012


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