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Hepatitis A Vaccination: An important vaccination for travellers

November 23, 2019

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV), and you can get this disease from the consumption of contaminated food, fruits, and water containing the virus.
This virus is common in many developing and developed countries, therefore you should take preventive measures when travelling to areas with outbreaks.

There are several preventive measures to imbibe and they include:

  • VACCINATION FOR PREVENTION AND PROTECTION

The primary and cost effective tool to prevent the hepatitis A Virus prior to exposure is vaccination.
Ensure you receive your first dose of hepatitis A vaccine as soon as you consider travelling to areas with an intermediate or high rate of hepatitis A infection, and it should be administered anytime before your departure. It is usually recommended for people greater than one year of age at risk of contracting the hepatitis A virus.

The vaccine is typically given in two shots 6 months apart (the first shot given on start date and the last shot 5 months later). To book for your vaccination kindly click BOOK NOW.

  • HYGIENIC PRACTICES
    There are several hygienic practices that are helpful in prevention and they include:

-Avoiding tap water and raw foods in areas with poor sanitation.

-Hand washing (including after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating foods).

-Heating foods at >85 degrees Celsius for at least a minute helps inactivates the virus. However, cooked foods can be a source of infection if not properly stored.

-Use of disinfectants such as chlorine, iodine, household bleach are effective for inactivation of the virus.

-Wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them.

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