Hepatitis A is the most vaccine preventable diseases acquired during travel. The disease is spread through direct person-to-person contact; contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested from sewage-contaminated water; or from contaminated raw fruits, vegetables, or other foods. It is common in developing countries and the highest risk factor for acquiring hepatitis A is international travel.
The vaccine consists of the inactivated hepatitis A virus and after receiving 2 doses of the vaccine an individual is covered for life against the disease. For more information consult the travel professionals at Pharmasave Travel Clinic.