This is an illness caused by a virus that is generally ingested by consuming contaminate food or beverages. Coming into contact with even microscopic amounts of fecal material from an infected individual can cause Hepatitis A infection. This virus causes acute liver disease and inflammation that leads to symptoms including abdominal pain, fatigue and jaundice. Hepatitis A does not cause a chronic infection, but in rare cases it can be fatal (especially in individuals over the age of 65 years-old).The Hepatitis A vaccine is an injectable vaccine given routinely to children in the United States as well as unvaccinated travelers. The vaccine series consists of two injections given over six months.Denver Travel Medicine Clinic does administer Hepatitis A vaccine.
Note regarding Hepatitis A and B vaccines - Denver Travel Medicine Clinic also administers Twinrix ® which is a combination vaccine containing Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations in one injection.