Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Children with the virus may not always have symptoms, but they often pass the disease to others, including their unvaccinated parents. These individuals can get very sick.
Children under 6 years old often have no symptoms. Older children and adults feel very sick and weak. Symptoms usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after a person gets the virus. The symptoms may include fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, yellow skin, and eyes.
Older children, adolescents and adults often feel sick and symptoms can last for up to 6 months. In some cases, Hepatitis-A can cause liver damage or failure and even death; this is more common in older people and in people with other serious health issues, such as chronic liver disease.
Hepatitis-A Vaccine protects children and adults from hepatitis A, which can turn serious. The shot also protects other people from the disease because children under 6 years old with hepatitis A usually don’t have symptoms, but they often pass the disease to others without anyone knowing they were infected.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) & Indian Medical Association (IMA) strongly recommend children & adults receive all vaccines according to the recommended Vaccination schedule.