The hepatitis A vaccine is not part of the routine immunization schedule.
The hepatitis A vaccine is provided free of charge to people at high risk of hepatitis A infection, including:
- Those who have hemophilia or receive repeated infusions of blood or blood products
- Those who inject drugs or share drug snorting, smoking, or injecting equipment
- Males who have sex with other males
- Those with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection, or chronic liver disease
- Those who have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant
- Those who will have or have had a liver transplant
- Inmates of a provincial correctional facility
- Close contacts of a person with hepatitis A infection. These include people living in the same house, close friends, daycare contacts, sexual partners, and people who share drugs.
- Those who have eaten food prepared by a food handler with hepatitis A infection, and other foodhandlers at the same establishment.
- The hepatitis A vaccine is free and recommended for all aboriginal individuals 6 months to 18 years of age, and all adults with medical, occupational, or lifestyle risks.
It is also recommended, but not provided free to adults who have never been vaccinated against hepatitis A.
For more information about the vaccine, who should get it, the benefits and possible reactions, visit the hepatitis A vaccine HealthLink BC file.