Hepatitis A

A contagious virus spread by contact with infected faeces or contaminated food or water; causes inflammation of the liver. 

Effects of the disease

At least 7 in 10 adult patients develop jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fever, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, liver pain and tiredness.

How to immunise and when

Two doses of the vaccine are given at least six months apart between 12 and 24 months of age to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. 

Side effects of immunisation

The most common side effects are mild local events of a short duration following vaccination, including headache, tiredness or fatigue.

If you have any concerns about side effects of vaccines, talk to your doctor or nurse.

Page last updated: 10 Aug 2017