It’s never been easier to comply with OSHA’s requirements for workplace Hepatitis A vaccinations. A Medasend nurse will come to your office and perform the vaccination(s) – it’s that simple. Learn more about the Hepatitis B vaccines below, with information courtesy of the CDC.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A can affect anyone. Vaccines are available for long-term prevention of HAV infection in persons 1 year of age and older. Good personal hygiene and proper sanitation can also help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.
What is the Hepatitis A vaccine?
The Hepatitis A vaccine is a shot of inactive Hepatitis A virus that stimulates the body’s natural immune system. After the vaccine is given, the body makes antibodies that protect a person against the virus. An antibody is a substance found in the blood that is produced in response to a virus invading the body. These antibodies are then stored in the body and will fight off the infection if a person is exposed to the virus in the future.
Who should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for:
All children at age 1 year
Travelers to countries that have high rates of Hepatitis A
Men who have sexual contact with other men
Users of injection and non-injection illegal drugs
People with chronic (lifelong) liver diseases, such as Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C
People who are treated with clotting-factor concentrates
People who work with Hepatitis A infected animals or in a Hepatitis A research laboratory
How is the Hepatitis A vaccine given?
The Hepatitis A vaccine is given as 2 shots, 6 months apart. The Hepatitis A vaccine also comes in a combination form, containing both Hepatitis A and B vaccine, that can be given to persons 18 years of age and older. This form is given as 3 shots, over a period of 6 months.
Is the Hepatitis A vaccine effective?
Yes, the Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing Hepatitis A virus infection. Protection begins approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the first injection. A second injection results in long-term protection.
Is the Hepatitis A vaccine safe?
Yes, the Hepatitis A vaccine is safe. No serious side effects have resulted from the Hepatitis A vaccine. Soreness at the injection site is the most common side effect reported. As with any medicine, there are very small risks that a serious problem could occur after someone gets the vaccine. However, the potential risks associated with Hepatitis A are much greater than the potential risks associated with the Hepatitis A vaccine. Before the Hepatitis A vaccine became available in the Unites States, more than 250,000 people were infected with Hepatitis A virus each year. Since the licensure of the first Hepatitis A vaccine in 1995, millions of doses of Hepatitis A vaccine have been given in the United States and worldwide.
Who should not receive the Hepatitis A vaccine?
People who have ever had a serious allergic reaction to the Hepatitis A vaccine or who are known to be allergic to any part of the Hepatitis A vaccine should not receive the vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies. Also, the vaccine is not licensed for use in infants under age 1 year.