Burlington Travel Clinic
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Transmitted through person to person and contaminated food and water,Hepatitis A infection is the most common vaccine prevented illness worldwide.
HAV is shed in the feces of infected people.* Food handlers with HAV infection pose a great risk to travellers.
Hepatitis A is one of the most common vaccine-preventable infections acquired during travel. In the United States the most frequently identified risk factor for hepatitis A is international travel. Risk is highest for those who live in or visit rural areas, trek in backcountry areas, or frequently eat or drink in settings of poor sanitation. However, cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travellers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and eating behaviours. *
The symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever and jaundice (yellowish or lemon discoloration of the white part of the eyes).
Hepatitis A can be prevented by a vaccine and by following our Food and Water Safety instructions. Ask your travel doctor for more details.
- The information in this page is for educational purposes only. It is not to substitute for a formal travel consult with your travel doctor.
- If you have health insurance offered to you through work or school you may be covered for vaccines. At time of payment, we will provide you with an invoice (with the unique DIN for each vaccine) so you can claim your expenses back from your insurance company.this vaccine is not covered by OHIP for travel purposes.
- Always seek immediate medical advice if you get sick abroad or after you return.
- food and water safety should be always implemented even if you get vaccinated against Hepatitis A.