Hepatitis A vaccine is contraindicated for people with a history of a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of HepA vaccine or to a vaccine component. As with all other vaccines, there is a precaution when giving it to anyone who is moderately or severely ill.
Ask the Experts: Hepatitis A: Contraindications & Precautions
Yes. ACIP recommends that pregnant women at risk for HAV infection during pregnancy or at risk for a severe outcome from HAV infection should be vaccinated during pregnancy if not previously vaccinated. Pregnant women should be vaccinated for the same indications as non-pregnant women. For additional details, see page 20 of the current ACIP recommendations: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/rr/pdfs/rr6905a1-H.pdf.
Yes. HepA vaccine is an inactivated vaccine and poses no harm to the nursing infant.
Yes. All people age 1 year or older living with HIV infection should be vaccinated against hepatitis A if they have not been vaccinated, regardless of their CD4+ count.
If any immunocompromised person has a risk factor that places them at increased risk of hepatitis A (e.g., international travel, drug use), they should be vaccinated with HepA vaccine.
Yes. HepA vaccine should be given to all susceptible patients with chronic liver disease. HepA vaccine is very immunogenic.