Immunisation: What you need to know before you consent
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The hepatitis A vaccine helps protect you against hepatitis A. Hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver. People with hepatitis A can have a fever, tiredness, feel unwell, have yellowing of their skin and whites of their eyes and have dark urine.
There is also a combination vaccine that provides protection for both hepatitis A and hepatitis B (Twinrix®).
Hepatitis A vaccine is provided free to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children only, as part of the National Immunisation Program at 18 months and 4 years of age.
The hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended (but not free) if you are:
Hepatitis A vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of the upper arm.
Like any medications, the hepatitis A vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
The most common side effects include:
Very rarely, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to the Immunisation Section to ensure effective vaccine safety.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.