Getting the Hepatitis A Vaccine: Everything You Need to Know

Overseas travellers are at risk of contracting hepatitis A. So, protect yourself with the hepatitis A vaccine. 

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a virus infection that affects the liver. It usually spreads via poor sanitation, including the consumption of dirty food and water. Travellers who visit countries with poor levels of sanitation are particularly at risk of contracting hepatitis A, including those who travel to India, South America, Africa, and parts of Asia.

Although it’s not a particularly serious disease, hepatitis A can be very unpleasant. The symptoms of a hepatitis A infection include:

  • High temperature
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Itchy skin

Symptoms usually develop around four weeks after infection, but symptoms normally pass within a couple of months. 

What is the hepatitis A vaccine?

Rest assured, travellers can protect themselves from hepatitis A with the vaccine. The hepatitis A vaccine consists of two doses – usually administered six months apart. However, you can receive the second dose at any stage after six months too. Once you’ve had the two doses, the vaccine will protect you against the virus for up to 25 years. 

Visit us for your travel vaccinations

Here at London Vaccination Clinic, we can provide you with your hepatitis A vaccination. Alternatively, the vaccine is available at your local NHS sexual health clinic. 

Watch our short YouTube video for more information on hepatitis A. Our CEO and specialist immunisation and travel health nurse, Katy Peters tells you everything you need to know. 

Want to travel safely and confidently? Speak to us today.