Tonight is the first time I have seriously considered whether I should vax my kids for Hep B...
I had a friend over and she has three fantastic boisterous kids, all the picture of health and homeschooled/Jewish private schooled. She had recently moved back from a communal-type situation in Israel. Anyway, our kids were running wild and wrestling as we were having our tea. As they were leaving I noticed dried blood under one of her boys' noses. I asked him if he was ok.
My friend then said that he'd had a nosebleed earlier and he's been getting them frequently.
Then I thought about how HepB can live in dried blood for a week and how the kids were wrestling, so there was a chance my son touched dried blood and then his mouth/eye... Reading the info on how it can be spread by dry blood to mucous membrane is freaking me out and making me worry. Is this a stretch? Of course I have no idea
whether her son is a carrier or not, but I know he is unvaxed and born and raised in Israel in a very off the radar nontraditional setting.
Thoughts? Should I worry? Have my son tested?