hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
GENERIC NAME: hepatitis A vaccine
BRAND NAME: Havrix, Vaqta
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta) is used to prevent hepatitis A, a type of liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter from contact with food, drinks, or objects which have been contaminated by feces or stool of an HAV-infected person. Hepatitis A infection can be mild with no symptoms or a serious illness that can rarely cause liver failure and death. Getting vaccinated against the hepatitis A virus is the best way to prevent these problems.
The hepatitis A vaccine does not cause hepatitis because it does not contain the live virus. It contains inactivated hepatitis A virus. The vaccine works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies, which are proteins that will fight and kill the virus and prevent hepatitis A infection.
Hepatitis A vaccine was approved in 2005.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Hepatitis A vaccine is used to prevent hepatitis A. Hepatitis A vaccine can be used in persons 1 year of age and older.
Although anyone can be infected with hepatitis A, certain people are at high risk and should be routinely vaccinated. These include:
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING: Rare but serious life threatening allergic reactions can occur in rare patients. Severe allergic reactions include hives, swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness. These symptoms can start within a few minutes to a few hours after vaccination.
The vial stopper and the syringe plunger stopper and tip cap contain latex that may cause allergic reactions in people with latex allergies.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/23/2015
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