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why is the hepatitis a vaccine recommended before traveling?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
More common there: Hepatitis a is more common in developing countries and third world countries than here in the United States. The virus is in human sewage, so places where there is not a good sewage system will have hepatitis a problems.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience Travel Medicine
Disease likely: Hepatits A is more common in many parts of the globe. When traveling you will want to check with your doctor about hepatitis A vaccination. If possible, plan for vaccination 4-6 weeks prior to departure. Hepatitis A is spread by poor hand washing, food and water. Adults suffer more than children from the illness. Hepatitis A is now a routine vaccine in childhood in the USA.
Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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