Hepatitis A

Why vaccinate adults against hepatitis A?

  • Hepatitis A is one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases Americans get during travel.
  • About 15% of people with hepatitis A require hospitalization. 
  • Adults with hepatitis A lose an average of one month of work.

Which adults need hepatitis A vaccine?
  • Adults travelling to countries outside of the US, except for Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Household members and other close personal contacts of adopted children newly arriving from countries with moderate or high rates of hepatitis A.
  • Adults with liver disease or a blood disorder like hemophilia.
  • Men who have sex with men.
  • Adults who use injection or non-injection illegal drugs.
  • Hepatitis A vaccine is available alone or in a combination with hepatitis B vaccine.


Did you know...
Some people who are infected with hepatitis A never develop symptoms, but they can still pass the infection on to others?
  What happens when someone gets hepatitis A?
  • Hepatitis A can cause varying symptoms, but most often causes fever, tiredness, appetite loss, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, and dark urine.
  • Jaundice is another common symptom that causes the skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow.
  • Most of the symptoms of hepatitis A will last less than two months, but some people will experience symptoms on and off for up to six months.

Why is hepatitis A vaccine important?
  • Hepatitis A is a very common vaccine-preventable disease Americans get when they travel outside the US.
  • Hepatitis A is easily transmitted by contaminated food or water.
  • Adults who get hepatitis A lose an average of one month of work.

FAQ: Does anyone die from hepatitis A infection?
About 100 people die from hepatitis A in the US each year.