- 1Assistant Professor of Medicine (Clinical), Division of Infectious Diseases, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI.
Use of hepatitis A vaccine is a main component of travel vaccination practices. In the United States, fluctuations in the number of annual hepatitis A infections have occurred recently due to large outbreaks related to imported foods and urban transmission among homeless individuals, warranting consideration for wider local use of hepatitis A vaccine. Hepatitis B vaccine is indicated for all adults, and especially healthcare workers. Since 1992, it has been administered at birth. A new novel hepatitis B vaccine given in two doses one month apart is available and has increased efficacy in adults. This article reviews the complete administration of these hepatitis vaccines.