For long-term protection against the hepatitis A liver disease, you should get immunized.
Ask your doctor about getting the hepatitis A vaccine. You can also go to one of the Health Department's immunization walk-in clinics.
For lasting protection, you need to take two doses of the vaccine at least 6 months apart.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all children between ages 1 and 2 get vaccinated for hepatitis A. In addition, you should get vaccinated if:
The hepatitis A vaccine may also be used to help stop the spread of infection when there is an outbreak.
Studies have not found an increased risk for hepatitis A for people working in certain specific industries, including food service, health care, child care and sewage. However, people who work in these industries should still consider vaccination to reduce their risk, especially if they are in a community experiencing an ongoing outbreak.