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Immunization Schedule, Children (cont.)

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by a virus, which is found in the stool of people with the disease. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing the virus.

  • All children aged 12-23 months should receive two doses given at least six months apart.

  • Anyone who lives in communities that have prolonged outbreaks of hepatitis A or is traveling to a high-risk geographic location should receive two doses of the vaccine at least six months apart.

  • Two doses of the vaccine are given at least six months apart for lasting protection.

  • Specific information regarding high-risk geographic locations is available from local and state health departments.

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