Hepatitis A and B Vaccination

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation. It is transmitted through the faecal-oral route, such as person-to-person contact, or consumption of food and/or water that is contaminated.

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause a chronic liver infection. If left untreated, it can cause liver failure and other complications such as liver cancer.

Importance of Hepatitis Vaccination

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are both infections that can be readily prevented through vaccination. Even though the majority of Hepatitis A infections are self-limiting, it can lead to liver failure in rare instances. Hepatitis B infections can also cause complications such as chronic liver disease, liver failure and liver cancer.

Who Should Get Vaccinated

Hepatitis A vaccination should be considered in international travellers, patients with chronic liver disease, men who have sexual contact with other men, and persons who are at an occupational risk for infection, amongst other at-risk groups.

Hepatitis B vaccination should be considered in patients who are being evaluated and/or treated for sexually transmitted diseases, persons with more than one sex partner in the previous 6 months, healthcare/public safety workers with risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated fluids, patients with diabetes and people living with HIV, amongst other at-risk groups.

Safety and Side Effects:

The most common side effects after vaccination are injection site reactions (e.g. injection site redness and soreness), headache, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and fever.
 

Should you experience any unexpected side effects after vaccination, please seek prompt medical attention from your healthcare provider. Otherwise, please monitor your symptoms closely for resolution. Should any side effects you experience persist and/or worsen, we recommend contacting your healthcare provider.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B viruses.

The vaccine is approved for use in persons aged 18 years and above.

Pain, redness, swelling at injection site; headache, fever, nausea, muscle or joint pain

Current evidence suggests protection lasting 20-30 years from primary vaccination series; booster doses may be considered in certain populations or dependent on hepatitis A & B antibody titres

The recommended guideline from the Ministry of Health (MOH) for Covid-19 vaccines, as well as other vaccines, advises a spacing of 14 days between administrations.

Yes, this vaccine can be safely administered when you are pregnant

The vaccine will be administered by a trained and certified vaccinator

No as only doctors are allowed to issue MC; However our vaccinator can provide you with a timesheet when you come for the vaccination

There are no restrictions or other limitations to note after this vaccine