Does anyone have anywhere to direct me for info on Hep A vaccines? My DR suggested it and I don't feel like I have ever given it.
I would like to find out how long this vax has been around. One of my big things is not giving them something new as they are not to be used to test vaccines. KWIM?
Anyone have any experience with this vax? Will you give it?
I am also sure that my 10yr old will be offered HPV. So why did you or didn't you go with this one as well?
I don't vaccinate my kids at all, but if I did, it would be for diseases that I didn't want them to get. I actually want my kids to get hepatitis A while they are young, because it's usually so mild in kids, there are no symptoms at all. Then, they would have natural immunity for life, instead of having to worry about vaccine protection wearing off at some point. Hepatitis A is more likely to cause symptoms in older children and adults, such as jaundice.
Here's the CDC's Pink Book chapter on hepatitis A
And the package insert both brands of hepatitis A vaccine.
The hepatitis A vaccine is not new--it was initially approved in the U.S. in 1996. It was put on the CDC's schedule for certain groups of children in 2000, and for all children in 2002.
As for the HPV vaccine, I believe it is so unsafe that it will be pulled from the market within several years. But even if I thought it was safe and planned to give it, I would wait until my child was older, because the protection from the vaccine does not last forever, so it would be pointless to give it at 10, then have it wear off by age 16.
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