The Havrix vaccine is a preventive measure against the hepatitis A virus, which can cause liver infection and inflammation. The recommended schedule for adults to receive the Havrix vaccine is as follows:
- A single dose is recommended for adults who are at an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A, such as those who are traveling to countries where the virus is endemic, men who have sex with men, individuals with chronic liver disease, and people who use illicit drugs.
- Two doses of Havrix are recommended for adults who are not at an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A. The first dose is given initially and the second dose is given 6 to 12 months later.
It’s worth noting that the vaccine is not recommended for people who have already contracted hepatitis A and those who have had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine.
If you’re considering getting vaccinated, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action based on your individual circumstances, including your risk of exposure and overall health.
It’s also important to maintain general good hygiene and to avoid contact with contaminated food, water or objects. The vaccine is one way to protect yourself from Hepatitis A but it’s not the only one.