Hepatitis A virus causes an infection of the liver. It is spread through contaminated water and food, especially shellfish or through person to person contact where personal hygiene is poor (faecal-oral route).
Hepatitis A occurs worldwide, mostly in countries where sanitation is poor. It is now rare in Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Most cases imported into Britain have been contracted in the Indian sub-continent.
It can take up to two weeks for any signs or symptoms develop and the severity of the virus ranges. In young children, infection may show mild or no symptoms but it can be a serious illness in older people. Symptoms include mild fevergastro-intestinal upset, nausea/vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Jaundice may also occur. Infection with hepatitis A results in lifelong immunity.
There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A virus
Recommended for Travellers
Hepatitis A is a vaccine -preventable disease. Vaccination is recommended if you are visiting areas where drinking water may be unsafe and where hygiene and sanitation is poor.
Prevention is focused on ensuring that food and water are safe. Avoidance of foodstuffs such as shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables and raw or undercooked meat products are essential.
Good personal hygiene is also very important. Individuals should ensure that they wash their hands prior to eating and after using the bathroom.
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We provide vaccinations by appointment at our clinics in Farnborough in Hampshire and Woking in Surrey. If inconvenient, please contact us to take advantage of our Mobile Clinic service.
Price per dose:
Adult £52.00 Single dose course
Child £45.00 Single dose course
Can be administered through varying dose courses please contact us for more information
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