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Hepatitis A Booster

Travel Vaccine

This booster is administered 6 to 12 months after you have received an initial dose of the hepatitis A vaccine. You should get the booster if you continue to travel in high-risk areas with poor sanitation.

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Key Features
  • Single booster injection
  • Offers around 20 years of protection
  • Administered 6-12 months after an initial dose of the vaccine (but can be given later than this)
Hepatitis A is widespread in countries with poor sanitation.
Dr Gigi Taguri

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Key Information

How the vaccine works

This booster vaccine consists of a single injection which, in combination with the initial dose, equips your body to fight off the viral infection, in the event that you contract it. It will provide protection for up to 25 years.

Side effects

Most patients experience no side effects. However you may experience some soreness or redness at the injection site. Other side effects include fever, loss of appetite, headache and nausea however these are uncommon.

Risk of severe allergic reaction

All LloydsPharmacy staff who provide this service are trained to manage anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include fainting, shortness of breath, falling blood pressure and swelling of the face and neck. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare and typically happens within ten minutes of receiving the injection.

How do I receive the vaccination?

You can choose which of our vaccinating LloydsPharmacy stores to receive your injection at when you place an order. Once your order has been approved and processed you will have to ring your chosen pharmacy and make an appointment to receive your vaccination. The person administering your vaccine will be a trained professional.

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver, most common in countries with poor sanitation. Most people who have lived in high-risk areas all their lives will be immune, whilst travellers to the region who have never been infected will susceptible to it. Although hepatitis A is not a severe illness, it often leads to jaundice and tenderness in your liver, and can sometimes take up to 6 months to pass completely. It can be severe in rarer cases, especially older people.

How is hepatitis A spread?

Hepatitis A is spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. This means that ice cubes, foods washed in water, and shellfish that have been exposed to sewage water can all spread hepatitis A.

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