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#1 of 3 Old 06-09-2011, 01:40 PM - Thread Starter
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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.

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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)

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"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. ",,,,





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.

Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1).  "Kids do as well as they can."

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