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.
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.
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?
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).