Your doctor will tell you how many shots you should have and when to get them. The shots will be given in a muscle in your upper arm.
You will receive a first dose of the vaccine and may get a second (booster) dose 6 to 12 months later.
Make sure you understand your dosing schedule and return to your doctor's office or clinic to receive your shots. It is important that you have all of the shots in the scheduled time that your doctor orders.
If a dose is missed:
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor or health caregiver for instructions.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Tell your doctor if you are using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®). Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicines that weaken your immune system, such as a steroid or cancer treatment. Some examples of steroids are dexamethasone, prednisolone, prednisone, and Medrol®.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have a bleeding disorder or problems with your immune system. Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to latex.
Tell your doctor if you have a cold or the flu, especially if you have a fever. You may need to wait until you are well to receive this vaccine.
Your first shot of the vaccine should be given at least 2 weeks before you may be exposed to the hepatitis A virus. If you already have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus or if you need longer-term protection, you may receive an immune globulin shot when you get the hepatitis A vaccine.
This vaccine protects you from infection from the hepatitis A virus, but it does not treat hepatitis A. This vaccine does not protect you from getting infections from other viruses, including other kinds of hepatitis.