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Why is hepatitis A vaccination no longer recommended for people with clotting factor disorders?

People with clotting factor disorders were originally recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine (HepA) in 1996. At that time, the process used to make clotting factor supplements did not reliably inactivate hepatitis A viruses and recipients of these products had an increased risk of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. Modern blood donor screening and virus reduction steps have drastically reduced that risk. In addition, more than 80% of people with clotting factor disorders now receive recombinant clotting factor concentrates that are sterilized and have no risk of HAV transmission. As a result of these factors, people with clotting factor disorders now have no greater risk of hepatitis A than the general population and are no longer recommended to receive HepA vaccine unless it is otherwise indicated.

Last reviewed: June 25, 2023

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