Hepatitis A infection: prevention and control guidance

Guidance to help public health professionals manage hepatitis A infections and recommendations for pre-exposure immunisation.


Public health control and management of hepatitis A

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The guidance has been developed to aid the public health management of hepatitis A infection which aims to reduce the occurrence of secondary infections and to prevent and control outbreaks.

The guidance has been developed based on a review of the current epidemiology of hepatitis A in England and a review of the literature on the efficacy of human normal immunoglobulin (HNIG) and hepatitis A vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis. This guidance updates the 2009 Guidance for the Prevention and Control of Hepatitis A Infection.

The documents on temporary recommendations during supply constraints have been removed as there is currently no supply shortage.

Published 1 November 2009
Last updated 16 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed temporary recommendation documents.

  2. Updated the hepatitis A vaccine options in the adult and children's temporary vaccination recommendations.

  3. Added Hepatitis A vaccination in children temporary recommendations.

  4. Updated to add temporary hepatitis A vaccination in adults recommendations.

  5. Updated guidance on the public health management of hepatitis A infection based on review of epidemiology and and literature.

  6. Updated pre-exposure immunisation recommendations.

  7. First published.