If you have been potentially exposed to hepatitis A, you should get one shot of vaccine within 14 days of the exposure to prevent disease. This is provided free.
The hepatitis A vaccine is free and recommended for all aboriginal individuals 6 months to 18 years of age, and all adults with medical, occupational, or lifestyle risks. It is also recommended, but not provided free for people likely to come in contact with or spread the hepatitis A virus.
If you do not qualify for the free vaccine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about purchasing the vaccine.
Vaccines are very safe. It's much safer to get the vaccine than to get Hepatitis A disease.
For more information about the vaccine, who should get it, the benefits and possible reactions, go to the Hepatits A Vaccine healthfile.
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