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Hepatitis A Country Specific Vaccine Recommendations Review

03 Nov 2017

The hepatitis A vaccine country specific recommendations on FitForTravel have been updated to take account of the reduced risk of disease in many parts of the world.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is spread through contaminated water and food, especially shellfish or through person to person contact where personal hygiene is poor (faecal-oral route).

Prevention is focused on food and water precautions and practising meticulous hand and personal hygiene to reduce the risk of hepatitis A infection. Detailed risk management advice can be found via following links:

Vaccination is recommended if you are visiting areas where drinking water may be unsafe and where hygiene and sanitation is poor. Please refer to the individual country pages for further detail.