Hepatitis A Vaccination
Lanarkshire Travel Clinic
Hepatitis A Vaccine In Lanarkshire
Hepatitis A is a viral infection transmitted through contaminated food and water, resulting in liver inflammation. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates approximately 1.5 million new cases of Hepatitis A illness worldwide each year.
Hepatitis A (Junior)
Hepatitis A is preventable through vaccination. Travellers heading to at-risk areas may receive one of the above vaccination options.
A single injection, followed by a booster, can offer long-term immunity. It’s recommended to receive the vaccination at least two weeks before travel. The initial vaccine provides short-term protection for a single trip, while the booster ensures extended coverage and is ideally administered within 6-12 months of the first dose.
Countries At Risk
Hepatitis A is a global occurrence but is particularly prevalent in regions of Africa, Asia (including Central, Southeast, and East Asia), Central and South America, especially in areas with inadequate sanitation.
For many travellers, the risk of Hepatitis A stems from consuming contaminated food or water. Additionally, transmission can occur through person-to-person contact due to poor hygiene practices.
Signs and Symptoms
Hepatitis A is not normally serious and most people can recover completely within a few months. However, in some cases symptoms can last for months and be fatal when affecting liver function and ultimately leading to liver failure. The onset of symptoms for Hepatitis A can occur within a two-week period, with varying severity. While young children may exhibit mild or no symptoms, older individuals may experience a more serious illness. Typical signs and symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, abdominal pain, and yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes.
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