What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious viral infection that primarily affects the liver and can cause inflammation and damage to the organ. It is commonly transmitted through contaminated food, water, or objects that have been in contact with infected feces.
How to Prevent Hepatitis A?
Prevention of Hepatitis A includes practicing good hygiene such as washing hands thoroughly before eating or handling food, using safe drinking water sources, avoid ice cubes in drinks, not eating unpeeled fruits or vegetables, and to eat foods that are well-cooked.
Is Hepatitis A Vaccine Necessary?
Vaccination is the best preventative measure against Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) transmission for individuals at risk of exposure. Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for travelers to countries where the disease is prevalent and those with close personal contact with infected individuals. The hepatitis A vaccine, which is given in two doses at least six months apart, with just 1 dose of providing up to 90% effectiveness, and climbs up to over 98% with 2 doses. Vaccination provides long-lasting immunity against the virus and is recommended for all individuals over the age of one.
To find out if your destination(s) require the Hepatitis A vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.
We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.
Is Hepatitis A Serious Disease?
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:
- Abdominal pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
Hepatitis A symptoms can range from mild to severe, but most individuals recover fully within a few weeks to months and require no treatments.
However, some people may experience prolonged symptoms or life-threatening complications such as liver failure.
Available travel vaccinations and medications
We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:
What Our Customers Are Saying
Brought to you by a team of trusted healthcare professionals
We know how hard it can be for Canadians to get the healthcare they need, when they need it. That’s why Rockdoc is on a mission to help Canadians navigate healthcare. We have decades of experience providing emergent, urgent, and continuing healthcare services and solutions – meeting and exceeding the standard of care for our patients and our communities.
Dr. Sam Gutman
Dr. Shaan Pawa
Associate Medical Director
MD CCFP-EM CTH®
Medical Operations Manager
Do you have questions about Virtual Travel Clinic? Find answers to the most frequently asked questions here, or chat with one of our friendly Customer Success representatives.
Customer Success Hours:
8:00AM – 9:00PM EST (Monday – Friday)
11:00AM – 9:00PM EST (Saturday – Sunday)