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Hepatitis A Prevention

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccination with the hepatitis A vaccine. Vaccination is recommended for:

  • Children at age 1 year;
  • Persons who are at increased risk for infection:
    • People who use drugs;
    • People with unstable housing or experiencing homelessness;
    • People who use injected or noninjected illicit drugs;
    • Men who have sex with men;
    • People who are or were in jail or prison;
    • Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common;
    • People with living with chronic hepatitis B or C;
    • People with clotting-factor disorder, such as hemophilia; or
    • Family and caregivers of adoptees from countries where hepatitis A is common.

Hepatitis A Vaccination Sites

Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH to find a vaccination clinic near you.

Is the hepatitis A vaccine effective?

Yes, the hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing hepatitis A virus infection. A second hepatitis A shot results in long-term protection.