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A healthcare provider may recommend the Vaqta vaccine for people who have an increased risk for contracting hepatitis A infection. This vaccine contains inactivated hepatitis viruses, which help the body produce antibodies to fight any future exposure to these viruses. Vaqta is approved for use in adults, adolescents, and children as young as 12 months old.

What Is Vaqta Used For?

Vaqta® (hepatitis A vaccine) is one of a few different vaccines available to provide protection against hepatitis A. It is approved for use in children age 12 months and older, teens, and adults. Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the following groups of people receive a hepatitis vaccine:
  • Adults who are at an increased risk for hepatitis A infection or for complications from hepatitis A, including but not limited to:
    • Men who have sex with men
    • People who use street drugs
    • People with chronic liver disease
    • People being treated with clotting factor concentrates
    • Laboratory workers in hepatitis A research facilities
  • All children between 12 months and 24 months of age
  • Individuals 12 months of age or older who will be traveling to countries with a high or intermediate risk of hepatitis A
  • Children and adolescents through 18 years of age in states where routine hepatitis A vaccination is recommended due to a high risk for the disease.
Hepatitis A is quite contagious and is most commonly spread by eating, drinking, or putting something in your mouth (such as a utensil) that has been contaminated with the stool of a person with hepatitis A. This type of hepatitis A transmission is called "fecal-oral" transmission.
Although hepatitis A symptoms are usually mild, causing mild, flu-like symptoms, serious complications are possible. About 3 to 5 out of every 1,000 cases of hepatitis A result in death.
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