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Hep B for toddler's trip to Mexico?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi Dr. Sears - My daughter will be 2 this winter when we plan to travel to Mexico.

 

We've been selectively vaccinating and the Hep B vaccine is not in my plan for her for a long time.

 

It just occurred to me though that maybe I should consider starting it this summer so she'll be partially immune for the trip to Mexico.

 

What do you think? Does travel to a higher-risk country really put her at a higher risk of contracting the disease?

 

Thanks for your feedback.

post #2 of 6

Exactly what do you think your daughter will be doing down in Mexico anyway?  Kidding. Little humor there (not sure how to make humor come through when typing).

I don't consider travel to any foreign country as a Hep B risk to a child.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you! I almost said something tongue-in-cheek in my question about high-risk activities, but chickened out at the last minute!

 

I appreciate your feedback.

post #4 of 6

What about hep a?

post #5 of 6

OK, thuis maybe a stupid question, but I know that blood is not screened as well in other countries. If something goes wrong and one needs a blood transfusion while in foreign country, would not be good to be vaccinated again Hep B? And what about A?

post #6 of 6

Hep A isn't such a worry, but as for Hep B, any hospital that has the ability to do a blood transfusion definately has the proper technology to test the blood units thoroughly.  I haven't investigated the rates of blood transfusion Hep B in other countries though, but that's my impression.  The rate of Hep B from blood transfusions in the U.S. is about 1 in 65,000 to 1 in 500,000 units (last time I checked, about 4 years ago).

 

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