This appointment provides an opportunity to assess health risks taking into account a number of factors including destination, medical history, and planned activities.
For those with pre-existing health problems, an earlier appointment is recommended.
This mostly occurs during sexual contact or as a result of blood-to-blood contact (for example from contaminated equipment during medical and dental procedures, tattooing or body piercing procedures, and sharing of intravenous needles).
Mothers with the virus can also transmit the infection to their baby during childbirth.
Symptoms are often mild or absent in young children, but the disease becomes more serious with advancing age. Following hepatitis A illness, immunity is lifelong.
Those at increased risk include travellers visiting friends and relatives, long stay travellers, and those visiting areas of poor sanitation.
All travellers should take care with personal, food and water hygiene.