Hepatitis A vaccines have been on the market for more than a decade now. They aren’t routinely offered anymore since the risk of infection is relatively low in developed countries with regulated food supplies and clean water sources. Therefore, hepatitis A vaccination is recommended only for people at high risk of exposure.
The most common hepatitis A risk groups include people in close contact with hepatitis A positive individuals, travelers (especially to South America, Africa, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East), people with chronic liver disease, men who have sex with other men, people who regularly inject illegal drugs, and individuals who may be exposed to the virus through their jobs (sewage workers, staff of institutions with poor hygiene levels, and people who work with apes, monkeys, and gorillas). These groups should perform a dedicated hepatitis A test even if they don’t exhibit any symptoms.
This article will list the prices of hepatitis A vaccines coming from reputable manufacturers as well as their prices when purchased through CDC contracts (for reference).
How Much Do Hepatitis A Vaccines Cost?
The price of hepatitis A vaccines mostly depends on the manufacturer in question. It is also very important not to mix the CDC’s Vaccine Price Lists with private-sector prices.
CDC vaccine contracts allow immunization programs and other entities that receive CDC immunization grant funds to purchase vaccines at discounted prices. This includes certain large city immunization projects, state health departments, and certain current/former US territories. Private citizens and providers cannot purchase vaccines directly through CDC contracts.
Private-sector prices are established by the manufacturers themselves and reported annually to the CDC. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding private-sector prices of vaccines, they should all be directed to the manufacturers.
Having said that, here’s a comparative overview of hepatitis A vaccine prices segmented according to age categories:
This category includes the following solutions:
- Hepatitis A Pediatric (Vaqta) by Merck (10 pack – 1 dose vial) – CDC: 19.29$; Private Sector: 32.03$
- Hepatitis A Pediatric (Havrix) by GlaxoSmithKline (10 pack – 1 dose vial; 10 pack – 1 dose syringe) – CDC: 19.58$; Private Sector: 31.95$
- Hepatitis A- Hepatitis B 18 only (Twinrix) by GlaxoSmithKline (10 pack – 1 dose syringe) – CDC: 58.63$; Private Sector: 101.00$
Hepatitis A vaccine options for adults include:
- Hepatitis A-Adult (Vaqta) by Merck (10 pack – 1 dose syringe/vial) – CDC: 31.18$; Private Sector: 66.91$
- Hepatitis A Adult (Havrix) by GlaxoSmithKline (10 pack – 1 dose syringe/vial) – CDC:25.73$; Private Sector: 65.65$
- Hepatitis A-Hepatitis B Adult (Twinrix) by GlaxoSmithKline (10 pack – 1 dose syringe) – CDC:55.90$; Private Sector: 101.00$
Note that all prices include the Federal Excise Tax per dose.