That was a very enlightening thread (re
ersonal experiences). I can see why someone who believes the vaccine works, and would be in the high risk catagory for getting it, would want that vaccine. Of course, that was how I felt before lol since the numbers are nothing new. (well, some of the numbers are new, since the vaccine is new... you know what I mean though)
I agree that I wish the pink book was referenced more. I also think, it would be great if these numbers were reflecting the questions I originally asked carrie in this thread. I felt it was just another Hep A thread... for me anyway, I've veiwed a lot of these types of discussions, but I always find the personal experiences very grounding.
do your sources differentiate between healthy and immune compromised children? no
do your sources differentiate between well nourished and malnourished? no
do your sources differentiate between a clean health home and impoverty? no
do your sources differentiate between parents who have hep a and dont? no
do your sources differentiate between advanced societies and 3rd world countries? Id say yes, and no. there were a few sources, and I'm going to include personal experience in this since I do think that counts for something an is too often discredited.
have you seen this information broken down to make you think that a healthy, well nourished child living in an advanced society is likely to have such adverse reactions to the point the risk of the vaccine is incomparable to the risk of Hep A? I can't answer that as it was a question directed towards carrie, and perhaps she feels this can be assumed based on the information she read. Assuming the vaccine works though, and that they travel to high risk areas often I can understand her conclusions on this vaccine. It will be interesting how it plays out after this vaccination has been in circulation longer, since like other vaccines they were not properly safety tested before being used.
The definite risk you take by injecting the vaccine, versus the possible risk of the child even getting Hep A from a statistical point of view, speculation aside? I think with this particular vaccine, it is hard to effectively do this based on the lack of information provided/known.
I think getting kids checked for immunity is a good first step, and should be done before giving any vaccine.