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Hep a, three year old, and mexico

post #1 of 3
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Hi,

I have a three and a half year old little boy that has only received a DT shot last November. I got tired of being terrified every time he cut himself.

 

Anyway - he has always had a sensitive system, and after the DT shot, had a lot of trouble with extreme temper issues. They eventually faded, but I see them return after he has a fever.

 

We're heading to Mexico in November, and I'm wondering about hepatitis A. It's been isolated from the beaches in Mazatlan, where we're going, so I know the water is contaminated with human waste, so it's absolutely a risk if he goes to the beach.

 

What do you guys think about the vaccine? Should we do it? I'm torn.

post #2 of 3

No. You should hope he gets exposed to hepatitis A, and develops lifelong immunity without having to experience any symptoms, which is how it works in 70% of children who get it before age 6.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/hepa.pdf (page 102)

post #3 of 3

"Hepatitis A infection causes no clinical signs and symptoms in over 90% of infected children and since the infection confers lifelong immunity, the disease is of no special significance to those infected early in life. ",,,,

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_A

 

 

Honestly, I think it's your call--but it doesn't seem to be as much of an issue for a 3 year old as say an 11 or 12 year old.

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