Please note! Due to a nationwide shortage, the Rabies vaccine is unfortunately not available. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A vaccination

Of the infections avoidable by vaccination, hepatitis A (also called jaundice) is the most common in travellers. Infection occurs through faeces, food, drink and soiled objects.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A never leads to a chronic infection. Today, hepatitis A occurs mainly in countries with poor sanitation and moderate hygiene conditions. In the Netherlands, small epidemics occur in schools and nurseries and among men who have sex with men. Furthermore, it occurs in persons who have not been vaccinated and have been on holiday to countries where hepatitis A is common.

Children often have no symptoms of illness. In adults, hepatitis A causes disease symptoms in more than 70% of cases, which can often last for several months. These disease symptoms can be very severe in adults, especially if another form of hepatitis already exists.

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Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for any traveller travelling to the tropics or sub-tropics, even when hygiene conditions are good. For adults and children, the vaccination consists of 2 dose. The second dose is given from 6 months after the first. Protection duration: min. 25 years (probably lifelong)

For some travellers, both vaccinations (hepatitis A + hepatitis B) are recommended. There is a combined vaccine for this. This is given in a series of 3 doses spread over 6 months.