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HEPATITIS A VACCINE is a vaccine to protect from an infection with the hepatitis A virus. This vaccine does not contain the live virus. It will not cause a hepatitis infection. This vaccine is also used with immunoglobulin to prevent infection in people who have been exposed to hepatitis A. Compare vaccinations.

Vaqta Side Effects

What should I watch for?

See your health care provider for a booster shot of this vaccine as directed. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious or unusual side effects after getting this vaccine.

You will not have protection from the hepatitis A virus for at least 8 to 10 days after your first injection. The length of time you will have protection from hepatitis A virus infection is not known. Check with your doctor if you have questions about your immunity. See your doctor before you travel out of the country.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Fever more than 99.5 degrees F

general feeling of discomfort or illness

unusual tiredness or weakness


Body aches or pain




difficulty with breathing or swallowing

dryness or soreness of the throat

ear congestion




itching, especially of the feet or hands

loss of voice

nasal congestion

reddening of the skin, especially around the ears

runny nose

shortness of breath


sore throat

swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose

swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin

tender, swollen glands in the neck

tightness in the chest

unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden and severe)

voice changes


Incidence not known

Abdominal or stomach pain


back pain

black, tarry stools

bleeding gums

blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

blood in the urine or stools

blurred vision

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings in the hands, arms, feet, or legs

clay-colored stools



dark urine


difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels

difficulty with walking




fast heartbeat

feeling of discomfort

feeling sad or depressed

flu-like symptoms



inability to move the arms and legs

increased sweating

inflammation of the joints

joint or muscle pain

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

loss of appetite

muscle aches or cramps


pinpoint red spots on the skin

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue


red, irritated eyes


sensation of pins and needles

shakiness and unsteady walk

slurred speech

sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips

stabbing pain

stiff neck

sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs

swollen lymph glands

unpleasant breath odor

unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination

unusual bleeding or bruising

vomiting of blood

yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Pain, redness, swelling, or lumps at the injection site

weight loss

Less common

Arm pain

bleeding between periods

change in the amount of bleeding during periods

change in the pattern of monthly periods

lack or loss of strength

tenderness or warmth at the injection site

unusual stopping of menstrual bleeding


Change in color vision

change in taste

collection of blood under the skin

deep, dark purple bruise

difficulty seeing at night

difficulty with moving

dizziness or lightheadedness

excessive muscle tone

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight

loss of taste

muscle tension or tightness

sensation of spinning


trouble with sleeping

unable to sleep


Incidence not known

Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site

sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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