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Vaqta Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Vaqta [Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated] is a vaccine made from whole, killed hepatitis A virus used to help prevent infection from the hepatitis A virus. Common side effects include pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, fever, tiredness, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite.
The vaccination regimen consists of one primary dose and one booster dose for healthy children, adolescents, and adults. Consult your doctor for the schedule. Vaqta may interact with steroids, medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection, or medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use, and all vaccines you have recently received. During pregnancy, Vaqta should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Vaqta [Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated] Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Vaqta in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
You should not receive a booster vaccine if you have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.
Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. When you receive a booster dose, you will need to tell the doctor if the previous shots caused any side effects.
Becoming infected with hepatitis A is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. Like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- high fever;
- fast or uneven heartbeats; or
- behavior changes.
Less serious side effects include:
- low fever;
- dizziness, tired feeling;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite;
- joint pain;
- sore throat; or
- swelling, redness, or a hard lump where the shot was given.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-822-7967.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Vaqta (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated) »
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Vaqta Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Infrequently, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Report all side effects to your doctor before you receive the next injection.
Tell your doctor immediately if this rare but serious side effect occurs: seizures.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Vaqta (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated)»
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Vaqta FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The safety of VAQTA (hepatitis a vaccine, inactivated) has been evaluated in over 10,000 subjects ages 1 year to 85 years of age. Subjects were given one or two doses of the vaccine. The second (booster dose) was given 6 months or more after the first dose. As with any vaccine, there is the possibility that use of VAQTA (hepatitis a vaccine, inactivated) in very large populations might reveal adverse experiences not observed in clinical trials.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Vaqta (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated) »
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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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