Hepatitis A is a viral disease that affects the liver. People can be infected with hepatitis A if they have direct contact with food, drinks or objects contaminated by the faeces of an infected person.
You can fall ill any time between 15 and 50 days after catching the virus, though many infected people show few or no symptoms.
Vaccination is the best protection against hepatitis A infection. Vaccination is recommended for early childhood educators and people who regularly provide care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
Requirements for students
Immunity to hepatitis A is not typically required for health care students in Victoria.
However, immunity to hepatitis A may be required for a particular placement. If this applies to one of your upcoming placements, we will notify you as soon as possible.