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Generic Name: Hepatitis A Vaccine (hep-ah-TY-tiss)Brand Name: Vaqta

Vaqta is used for:

Preventing hepatitis A infection.

Vaqta is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against hepatitis A infection.

Do NOT use Vaqta if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vaqta
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; tightness of the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) to a previous hepatitis A vaccine or to an ingredient in a vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Vaqta :

Some medical conditions may interact with Vaqta . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a weakened immune system, fever, infection, other illness, or tumor
  • if you have a bleeding disorder
  • if you take an anticoagulant (eg, warfarin) or medicine that suppresses your immune system (eg, cyclosporine)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vaqta . However, no specific interactions with Vaqta are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Vaqta may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Vaqta :

Use Vaqta as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Vaqta is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Vaqta at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Vaqta . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • If you miss a dose of Vaqta , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Vaqta .

Important safety information:

  • It may take at least 2 weeks before Vaqta will protect you from hepatitis A. A booster dose is recommended 6 to 12 months later for more complete protection.
  • Travelers to areas where hepatitis A virus is common should take all necessary precautions to avoid contact with hepatitis A virus (eg, contaminated food and water). Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for specific travel destination information.
  • Tell your doctor if you have recently received a vaccine or are scheduled to receive a vaccine.
  • Vaqta should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Vaqta while you are pregnant. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Vaqta , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Vaqta :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; fatigue; headache; loss of appetite; mild fever; nausea; redness, soreness, swelling, or warmth at the injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); numbness or tingling of the arms or legs; seizures; shortness of breath; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual or severe muscle weakness; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Vaqta :

Vaqta is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Vaqta at home, store Vaqta as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Vaqta out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vaqta , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vaqta is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Vaqta . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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