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Hepatitis A

WHAT IS IT?

  • Hepatitis A is a virus that is very common in developing countries where sanitation is poor, but can also occur in other countries30
  • It is transmitted from person to person through contaminated food and water
  • Hepatitis A infection is frequently acquired during early childhood. Children may have no symptoms at all.
  • Hepatitis A can be more serious in adults. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, and general weakness.

PREVENTION TIPS

  • Follow strict food and water precautions while traveling
  • Ensure all food is well cooked—especially meat and seafood
  • Consume only canned or commercially bottled drinks
  • Avoid using ice cubes
  • Eat only fruits and vegetables that you wash in purified water and peel yourself
  • Avoid cold cuts, salads, watermelon, and puddings25
  • If you’re traveling to an area where hepatitis A is common, talk to your travel health care professional

Consult your travel physician for additional health information.

For more information visit: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/diseases.htm

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • Individuals traveling to countries where hepatitis A is common should consider being immunized30
  • The vaccine can help reduce the risk of becoming ill with hepatitis A30

Currently there are several vaccines available in the United States. Individuals should consult their travel physician to determine which vaccine is right for them.

HELP PROTECT YOURSELF

Vaccines can help protect you from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world. Make certain you contact your health care provider and determine which vaccines you should receive before you travel.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need. Hepatitis A is included in these vaccines.

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Diseases to Guard Against

When you’ve added your destinations, it is recommended that you take this list to your doctor so you can discuss relevant vaccinations before you travel.

Travel vaccines help protect you from illnesses present in other parts of the world, and help prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors, including your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need.

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