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The hepatitis A vaccine can protect against the virus for at least 20 years. It consists of two injections, given several months apart. Children can get the vaccine after 1 year of age (it is recommended between 12 and 24 months of age). People who should get the vaccine include travelers to developing countries with high rates of hepatitis A and users of illegal drugs.
- Almost all children between 12 and 24 months of age
- Children living in areas with high incidence rates of hepatitis A (above the national average) -- check with your health department to see if this applies to your area
- Travelers to developing countries with high rates of hepatitis A, including Mexico
- Men who have sex with men
- Users of illegal drugs
- People who work with hepatitis A virus in research settings
- People who work with infected non-human primates
- Recipients of clotting factor concentrates
- People with chronic liver disease (because of the risk of fulminant hepatitis A).