Pediatric Product Information for VAQTA® (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated)—Flexible Dosing Choices
Use every opportunity to screen and vaccinate appropriate patients, as pediatric office visits have been shown to decline between the ages of 5 and 14 years.2
There are many opportunities to vaccinate your pediatric patients3
- 12-month visit: The ACIP recommends starting universal hepatitis A vaccination.
- 4-year visit: An important visit for catch-up and booster vaccination.
- 11- to 12-year visit: Additional adolescent vaccines are recommended for this age group.
ACIP=Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Other chances to help protect your patients include:
VAQTA offers flexible scheduling choices for pediatric patients
- Can be administered to patients starting at 12 months of age.
- Provides a 12-month window for administering a second dose.a
- In clinical trials in children, VAQTA was concomitantly administered with one or more of the following US-licensed vaccines: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live; Varicella Virus Vaccine Live; Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed; Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Vaccine, Live; Pneumococcal 7- valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein); and Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate).
- Safety and immunogenicity were similar for concomitantly administered vaccines compared to separately administered vaccines.
- Hepatitis A vaccination series can be completed by 2 years of age.
- Children can be vaccinated against hepatitis A at a time when more frequent well visits are recommended.3
- aA booster dose of VAQTA (≈25 U/0.5 mL) should be given 6 to 18 months (a 12-month window) after the primary dose. However, because protection may not be achieved until completion of the series, the second dose should be given as soon as possible after the minimum interval (6 months).
Indication for VAQTA
VAQTA® (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated) is indicated for the prevention of disease caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV) in persons 12 months of age and older. The primary dose should be given at least 2 weeks prior to expected exposure to HAV.
Dosage and Administration for VAQTA
Children/Adolescents (12 months through 18 years of age): The vaccination schedule consists of a primary 0.5-mL dose administered intramuscularly and a 0.5-mL booster dose administered intramuscularly 6 to 18 months later.
Booster Immunization Following Another Manufacturer's Hepatitis A Vaccine: A booster dose of VAQTA may be given at 6 to 12 months following a primary dose of Havrix*.
*Havrix is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.
Do not administer VAQTA® (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated) to individuals with a history of immediate and/or severe allergic or hypersensitivity reactions (eg, anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of any hepatitis A vaccine, or to individuals who have had an anaphylactic reaction to any component of VAQTA, including neomycin.
The vial stopper and the syringe plunger stopper and tip cap contain dry natural latex rubber that may cause allergic reactions in latex-sensitive individuals.
The most common local adverse reactions and systemic adverse events (≥15%) reported in different clinical trials across different age groups when VAQTA was administered alone or concomitantly were:
- Children 12 through 23 months of age: injection-site pain/tenderness (37.0%), injection-site erythema (21.2%), and fever (16.4% when administered alone, and 27.0% when administered concomitantly).
- Children/Adolescents 2 through 18 years of age: injection-site pain (18.7%).
Safety and effectiveness in infants below 12 months of age have not been established.
Immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy, may have a diminished immune response to VAQTA and may not be protected against HAV infection after vaccination.
Hepatitis A virus has a relatively long incubation period (approximately 20 to 50 days). VAQTA may not prevent hepatitis A infection in individuals who have an unrecognized hepatitis A infection at the time of vaccination.
In clinical trials in children, VAQTA was concomitantly administered with one or more of the following US-licensed vaccines: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live; Varicella Vaccine, Live; Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed; Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Vaccine, Live; Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine; and Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate). Safety and immunogenicity were similar for concomitantly administered vaccines compared to separately administered vaccines.
The total duration of the protective effect of VAQTA in healthy vaccinees is unknown at present.
Vaccination with VAQTA may not result in a protective response in all susceptible vaccinees.
Before administering VAQTA, please read the Prescribing Information.