Brand Name: Avaxim 160 and Avaxim 80
Salt Composition: Freeze-dried Live Attenuated Hepatitis A Vaccine
Manufacturer: Sanofi India Ltd.
Packaging: Pre-filled syringe
Immunization: Hepatitis A Virus
Storage: Store in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C).
Overview of Vaccine
Avaxim injection works to protect against Hepatitis A. This is an infection in the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A virus transmits from one person to the other through infected food or water. The dose of this vaccine is decided by the medical practitioner as per the health condition and medicines you already administer. Both the shots of the Avaxim vaccine are needed to get full-proof protection from Hepatitis A virus infection.
Usage of Avaxim
The Avaxim vaccine is used to immunize people from the infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Its active substance is inactivated Hepatitis A virus (GBM strain). This injection is given in two shots. The second shot is administered after six months from the previous one. A medical practitioner or a nurse will give you this vaccine. It is not indicated for self-administration.
The active ingredient of the Avaxim vaccine is inactivated Hepatitis A virus (GBM strain). This is why Avaxim may not be safe for use in certain types of cases. To know the same, it is necessary to discuss your medical history with the doctor beforehand. In general, Avaxim injection is not indicated for use or is expected to increase the chance of adverse reactions in the following cases:-
Allergy or hypersensitivity to any of the active or inactive substances present in the vaccine.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Patients who are suffering from any blood disorder.
Does Avaxim cause any side effects?
The Avaxim vaccine may show some side effects after its administration. These side effects are reactions of the body towards the changes initiated by the injection. The reactions are highly dependent on the functioning of the body. This is why different people experience different side effects for different time periods. For instance, most people experience side effects for a longer time than usual whereas, others may experience mild side effects for a shorter period of time. However, some of the side effects still remain common and are listed as follows:-
Common side effects
Loss of appetite
Pain or discomfort
Rare side effects
The Avaxim vaccine is administered in two shots by the healthcare professional. Do not self-administer it. Avaxim geriatrics vaccine is indicated for use in patients older than 12 years for immunization against Hepatitis A virus infection. And, Avaxim Pediatrics vaccine is indicated for use in patients older than 1 year to 15 years of age inclusive. This injection should be administered into the buttocks. Pre-exposure and post-exposure immunization are both essential to prevent HAV infection in the future. Its administration is recommended in the following cases-
People who are at increased risk of developing Hepatitis A virus infection.
People traveling to HAV-prone areas.
People who have close contact with people from HAV-prone areas.
People who are suffering from chronic liver disease.
People who are at risk of infection due to lifestyle factors, for example:
Warnings and Precautions
It is vital to consult your healthcare provider and discuss your medical history (including diseases you have or ever had) and the medicines you take regularly or periodically (including the prescription and non-prescription medications). Disclose your plan for pregnancy to ensure better guidance and suggestions. It is also advisable to know the potential risks (side-effects) and benefits associated with the administration of this vaccine.
General Warnings and Precautions
Before the administration of the Avaxim vaccine, be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of the injection to avoid any further unfavorable conditions.
It is advisable to not administer the vaccine intradermally.
This injection should be administered into the buttocks.
The Avaxim vaccine doesn’t provide immunization against any other virus such as Hepatitis B, C, and E.
Avaxim may cause an injection site hematoma in patients who have any blood disorder. Make sure to contact a medical representative regarding the same to prevent adverse reactions.
Allergy or hypersensitivity may cause serious reactions after the administration of the vaccine in patients who are allergic to any of its components. Therefore, know the ingredients beforehand.
Q1. What is the use of Avaxim injection?
Ans. Avaxim injection is given to immunize people from liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV).
Q2. What are the possible side effects of Avaxim vaccine?
Ans. Some of the possible side effects of Avaxim injection are nausea, pain and discomfort, vomiting, decreased appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, and sore throat. It is advised to call a medical professional urgently if side effects last longer than usual.
Q3. In what strength is Avaxim injection given?
Ans. Avaxim injection is administered in the strength of 0.5mL.
Q4. How should I take Avaxim injection?
Ans. The Avaxim vaccine is administered in two shots by the healthcare professional. Do not self-administer it.
Q5. How is the Avaxim vaccine stored?
Ans. Store Avaxim vaccine in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C). Avoid freezing.
Q6. What is the right age to get an Avaxim vaccine?
Ans. The Avaxim vaccine is given at the age of 1 year through 18 years.
Q7. Is Avaxim vaccine safe for use in kidney patients?
Ans. The Avaxim vaccine may not have any effect on kidney function. However, it is necessary to talk to a medical practitioner before its administration.
Q8. Is Avaxim vaccine safe to use in breastfeeding women?
Ans. It is not yet known whether this vaccine is excreted in milk. However, to avoid any adverse reaction, make sure to avoid its administration or consult a healthcare provider.
Q9. Does Avaxim injection damage the liver?
Ans. The Avaxim vaccine may not have any effect on liver function. However, it is necessary to talk to a medical practitioner before its administration.
Q10. Is it safe to take Avaxim injection during pregnancy?
Ans. The Avaxim vaccine should be avoided during pregnancy to prevent any adverse reaction. However, it may be administered if the doctor prescribes it.