Is the hepatitis A vaccine really necessary?
The chance of death from a hepatitis A infection is very small, but most doctors still recommend that children get vaccinated in order to reduce the overall number of hepatitis A infections. Studies show that children are more likely to spread the virus because they show fewer symptoms and have less-developed hygiene habits than adults.
By getting vaccinated, your child is much less likely to contract and spread the hepatitis A virus to your family or to other adults who are much more likely to get sick, says Michael T. Brady, MD, the Vice Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Infectious Diseases. So far, vaccinating children against hepatitis A has significantly decreased the number of infections across all age groups in the U.S.
Sources: Michael T. Brady, MD, the Vice Chair of the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases. Paul Offit, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Baby magazine advisory board member. CDC sections on Hepatitis A Vaccination.
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