Hepatitis A Vaccine??

Eryn - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter came home with a note from school saying hep a is going around and recommends her getting a vaccination... anyone else get this going on? any ideas/opinions? i dont want her to get the disease, yet i also dont want her to have to suffer a shot if its not needed...

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Ally - posted on 03/12/2011

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I personally would never have my daughter recieve the hep a vaccine...(we don't get a few other vaccines either). Hep A is a form of hepatitis transmitted via the oral fecal route...usually from contaminated food or water. Unless you live in an area where there is a huge huge outbreak this new vaccine seems completely unecessary to me. A school age child should be able to be taught good handwashing techniques and as long as people handling their food are washing it thoroughly and their hands as well your child should be fine. You cannot compare this acute type of hepatitis to chronic forms like hep B...this illness is usually slef limiting after a short illness and provides immunity after infection. Many children have already been exposed and produced antibodies...up to 90 percent of children infected don't even have symptoms. This is a much more dangerous illness for adults. I would be more concerned about the safety and efficacy of the new vaccine than I would be about hep A and decline this particular vaccine.

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2011

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better to be safe than sorry, and better to have a shot than to have hep b, that can kill if its servere

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