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Brand name: Havrix

Havrix is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) hepatitis a vaccine. On this page you will find out more about Havrix, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: hepatitis a vaccine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Havrix 1440 ELISA units/mL injection suspension, 1 mL vial

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

HAVRIX is indicated for active immunisation against hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in susceptible subjects at risk of exposure to HAV. HAVRIX JUNIOR is indicated in subjects aged 2 to 15 years and HAVRIX 1440 is indicated in subjects aged 16 years and older. In areas of low prevalence of hepatitis A, immunisation with HAVRIX is particularly recommended in the following subjects: Travellers : Persons travelling to areas of intermediate or high endemicity for hepatitis A. These areas include Africa, Asia, India, the Pacific Islands, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, Central and South America. Armed Forces : Armed forces personnel who travel to higher endemicity areas or to areas where hygiene is poor, have an increased risk of HAV infection. Persons for whom hepatitis A is an occupational hazard or for whom there is an increased risk of transmission. These include: employees in day-care centres particularly in situations where children have not been toilet trained; teachers and other close contacts of the intellectually disabled; staff and residents of residential facilities for the intellectually disabled; health workers and teachers in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; nursing staff and other healthcare workers in contact with patients in paediatric wards, infectious diseases wards, emergency rooms and intensive care units sewerage workers ; food handlers, since food hygiene procedures and food processing methods are not always adequate to protect from contamination from food handlers. Homosexual men : Increased incidence of hepatitis A infection among homosexual males suggests that the disease may be sexually transmitted in this group. Contacts of infected persons : Since virus shedding from infected persons may occur for a prolonged period, active immunisation of close contacts is recommended. The use of vaccine in outbreak control has been shown to be more effective than the use of immunoglobulin. Specific population groups known to have a higher incidence of hepatitis A: eg. Australian aboriginals, recognised community-wide HAV epidemics. Individuals with chronic liver disease and recipients of liver transplants, as hepatitis A infections is likely to be more severe in these groups. Many injecting drug users will have pre-existing liver disease from hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection. Recipients of blood products, such as Factor VIII eg. haemophiliacs. HAVRIX will not prevent hepatitis infection caused by other agents such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis D virus, hepatitis E or other pathogens known to infect the liver.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance A turbid liquid with a slow settling white deposit
Dosage Form Injection, suspension
Route of administration Intramuscular
Medicine schedule
1 x 1mL vial: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10 x 1mL vials: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Do not Freeze
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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