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View in Spanish: Vacuna contra la hepatitis A

Hepatitis A vaccine (HEH-puh-TY-tis vak-SEEN)
A vaccine used to prevent infection with the hepatitis A virus, which causes a serious liver disease. The vaccine is made of a weakened form of the virus that cannot cause disease but causes the body’s immune system to make antibodies that destroy the hepatitis A virus.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.