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The hepatitis A or the Hep A vaccine protects kids against hepatitis virus that is known to cause fever, vomiting, nausea and jaundice.
The Hep A vaccine is to be given when the kids are 12-23 months old, which is to be followed by a second dose around 6-18 months later.
Other than protecting the vaccinated child, Hep A vaccine also prevents epidemics. Some hepatitis virus infected kids show no symptoms at all but they still spread this virus to others. Getting your child vaccinated with Hep A can prevent the spread of it in a community.
The side effects of hepatitis A vaccine are generally mild fever, tenderness, soreness, and redness near the injected area. Rarely you will notice any allergic reaction post vaccinating your child with the hepatitis A vaccine.
You should avoid or delay the immunization if:
1)Your child is sick at the time of immunization, however; if it's just cold or minor illness, there's no harm in giving the vaccine.
2)Your child had any sort of allergic reaction to previous dose of hepatitis A vaccine.
As said, post the Hep A vaccination, your child can have soreness, swelling near the injected area or mild fever. There is nothing to worry about. You can consult a doctor and get the prescribed medicine for treating the pain and fever.
Yes, you can have your child vaccinated with Hep A along with other vaccines.
You must get in touch with your doctor if you are not sure about vaccinating your child or there are any severe problems post the immunization.