Do I need the Hepatitis A Vaccine?
The Hepatitis A vaccine may be recommended for travellers going to countries where Hepatitis A is prevalent (see map below), for men who have sex with men, and for people with chronic liver disease.
About Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases in travellers, according to the Government of Canada.
Hepatitis A is caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It affects the function of your liver. Hepatitis A spreads through contaminated food or water, or from someone who has the illness. The illness is more common in areas with poor sanitation or hygiene.
There is an incubation period of up to 50 days during which time there are no symptoms, but the virus can spread to others during this time. The incubation period is followed by illness, symptoms of fatigue, nausea / vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, joint pain and more.
Seek medical attention if you believe you may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, and / or experience these symptoms.
Vaccine Names: Avaxim / Havrix / Twinrix
- Avaxim Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Avaxim Pediatric Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Havrix Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Twinrix Product Monograph (PDF Download)
- Product monographs are available on this website for reference only and are Canada-specific, as provided by the vaccine manufacturers. Please consult a health professional for more information.