hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix, Vaqta)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Is hepatitis a vaccine-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate or well-controlled trials of hepatitis A vaccine use in pregnant women. Therefore, hepatitis A vaccine should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

It is not known if the hepatitis A vaccine is excreted into human milk after administration to the mother. The manufacturer recommends caution when given it to nursing mothers.

What else should I know about hepatitis a vaccine-injection?

What preparations of hepatitis a vaccine-injection are available?

Solution for administration by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.

How should I keep hepatitis a vaccine-injection stored?

Hepatitis A vaccine should be stored in the refrigerator, between 36 2 C to 8 C (36 F and 46 F).

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/23/2015

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