This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting hepatitis A, a viral infection of the liver.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause:
The hepatitis A vaccine helps protect your child from an infection with the hepatitis A virus. It will not protect you from other liver infections (other types of hepatitis).
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their first dose of the hepatitis A vaccine between ages twelve and twenty-three months. The second dose should be given six to eighteen months after the first dose was given.
Contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on their vaccinations. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the hepatitis A vaccine.
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