Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus it is a serious disease that affects the liver. Hepatitis A can cause jaundice, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, and flu like symptoms.
Hepatitis A can be spread by
- drinking contaminated water
- eating food handled by an infected person who didn’t wash their hands properly after using the restroom
- eating raw fruit and vegetable rinsed in contaminated water
- getting a tattoo with improperly sterilized tools
- sexual contact with an infected person
The Avaxim vaccine contains an inactive hepatitis A virus which stimulates the body to produce antibodies again the virus. This immunity protects against infection by attacking the hepatitis A virus if it is encountered.
The Avaxim vaccine is recommended for the following situations:
- travel to high risk areas
- people who work directly with the virus in a lab
- people with hemophilia
- people with serve liver disease or damage
- intravenous drug users
- people who have close contact with an infected person
The vaccine begins providing protection about two weeks after it is administered.