Guidance

Hepatitis A infection: prevention and control guidance

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

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Hepatitis A: temporary adult immunisation recommendations

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Hepatitis A: temporary children immunisation recommendations

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Public health control and management of hepatitis A

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This page contains guidance for the public health management of hepatitis A infection as well as temporary vaccination recommendations in light of an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak primarily affecting men who have sex with men (MSM) and a global shortage of global hepatitis A.

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 Wales 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 temporary hepatitis A immunisation recommendations have been issued in light of the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, primarily affecting MSM, and the shortage of global hepatitis A vaccine that has severely impacted UK supply. These recommendations include updated travel vaccine recommendations and dose sparing advice for adult monovalent and paediatric monovalent hepatitis A vaccines.

Published 1 November 2009
Last updated 14 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added Hepatitis A vaccination in children temporary recommendations.
  2. Updated to add temporary hepatitis A vaccination in adults recommendations.
  3. Updated guidance on the public health management of hepatitis A infection based on review of epidemiology and and literature.
  4. Updated pre-exposure immunisation recommendations.
  5. First published.