Hepatitis A

In situations where travellers’ diarrhoea is common, so is Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver and after influenza, is the second most common vaccine preventable disease in travellers to developing countries. Even ‘five-star’ travel is not without risk.


Fever, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, joint aches and pains, vomiting and jaundice are all typical symptoms of Hepatitis A. Those who become infected with this disease are often incapacitated for an average of two months. It can be up to six months before normal daily activities can be resumed.


This virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water. Safe eating and drinking practices are vital for prevention. Hepatitis A vaccines are also available, offering excellent long-term protection with minimal side effects.

For travellers who require protection against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B there is a combined vaccine available. Your doctor will discuss the suitability of these options based on your individual needs.


There is no treatment to shorten the duration of illness. The disease is more severe in those over the age of 40, it is therefore important you get vaccinated.