• Hepatitis A
  • For Special Populations

Explain the details regarding the recommendation for giving HepA vaccine to people who will be in contact with recently adopted children.

ACIP recommends vaccination against hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection for all previously unvaccinated people who anticipate having close personal contact with an international adoptee from a country of high or intermediate endemicity during the first 60 days following the adoptee’s arrival in the U.S. In addition to the adoptee’s new parents and siblings, this group might include grandparents, other household members, regular babysitters and other caregivers. The first dose of HepA should be given to close contacts as soon as adoption is planned, ideally at least 2 weeks before the arrival of the adoptee. A second dose should be given no sooner than 6 months after the first dose.

Last reviewed: June 25, 2023

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