Originally Posted by tribalmax
My family is moving into a faculty in residence situation at a major american university. We are in a building that has a high % of international students. And we have recently discovered that there is a loophole in the vaccine laws about non-degree seeking students that allows them to not follow the same vaccine regulations as other students.
My children (9 and 6) are completely unvaccinated. Up until this point, we have decided this is the best choice for our family. So no debate on that part please.
At this point, I am trying to decide if the change in living situation changes my stance on vaccines (and I think it does!) and which vaccines are the most important. Right now I feel like meningitis and hep A are the biggest things I am worried about. We will be eating at campus restaurants pretty often.
I would love some thoughts -- both on if the living change warrants a reevaluation of choices and if it does, what vaccines would be the most important. I would also love if anyone has info about the meningitis vaccine being given to children younger than 12 in high risk situations and the associated reactions.
This is all I could find about the meningitis vaccine for those under 12:
"Infants and Children
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra®, Menveo®, MenHibrix®) is recommended for certain children at increased risk from ages 2 months through 10 years.
This vaccine is routinely recommended for children at increased risk for meningococcal disease, including those:
With certain medical conditions (persistent complement component deficiencies (e.g., C5-C9, properdin, factor H, or factor D) and functional or anatomic asplenia)
Who travel to specific countries
Who are in a defined risk group during a community or institutional meningococcal disease outbreak"
I'd talk to your pediatrician about whether or to get the vaccine for your children, sorry I couldn't be more help!
If I were you, I'd be a lot more worried about measles than Hep A. Hep A is unlikely to be serious in people under the age of 50.
If I were you, I'd start with the MMR, Polio, and Dtap and ask your doctor about the meningitis vaccine.