Isn't Hep A for folks who travel to central Asia and Thailand?
Isn't meningitis recommended for college aged kids on the east coast? I'm on the west coast, BTW.
I've flat out denied my kids get these but the office keeps trying.
Hep A is transmitted via fecal matter, even minute amounts, hence is more predominant in less sanitary environments. Just this week there was a case in the news about an Olive Garden employee contracting Hep A and public alerts went out to get potentially exposed persons vaccinated though so far they've not found out if anyone was infected.
I got Hep A prior to there being a vaccine and the only unpleasant part was being separated from my peers as I did not feel sick. I believe in some cases and in adults it is more serious. Also, as in the Olive Garden case, if there is an outbreak or potential exposure you can still get the vaccine or gamma globulin shot w/in 14 days after exposure when symptoms develop, ie, you do not need to be vaccinated a few weeks before exposure to build up immunity, though of course you may not know when you have been exposed. Prior to the Hep A vaccine, annual gamma globulin shots were used to protect against it.
I think that the age at which Guardasil is given I would let my child choose. Similarly for meningitis, with more encouragement if they were entering a high risk situation.
OK, I guess a 12 year old can't weigh the information, but more what I meant was, they should be informed of why they aren't getting it, and know they are not protected against it, and eventually it will be their decision. For that matter, kids that do get it should know they still have to protect themselves from STDs.