Talk to your doctor before visiting any other areas.
If you plan to travel to a part of the world where sanitation is poor or where hepatitis A is a known problem, see your doctor about receiving the hepatitis A vaccine, immunoglobulin (IG), or the combination hepatitis A and B vaccine. (Risk of hepatitis B increases if you go to a high-risk country frequently or stay for a long time.)
When traveling in an area where hepatitis A is a known problem or where water quality is questionable:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). Prevention of specific infectious diseases: Hepatitis, viral, type A. Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel 2008. Available online: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/ch4/hep-a.aspx.
- Craig AS, Schaffner W (2004). Prevention of hepatitis A with the hepatitis A vaccine. New England Journal of Medicine, 350(5): 476–481.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007). Update: Prevention of hepatitis A after exposure to hepatitis A virus and in international travelers. Updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR, 56(RR-41): 1080–1084. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5641a3.htm.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Last Revised||August 30, 2010|
Last Revised: August 30, 2010
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