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Why is Hep A on the Childhood Schedule of Vaccinations?

January 26, 2009
Hepatitis A is a vaccine on the CDC’s schedule of childhood vaccinations but why? Here is the definition of Hepatitis A from the mayoclinic’s web site:
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Although not usually as serious as other types of viral hepatitis, hepatitis A causes inflammation that affects your liver’s ability to function.

You’re most likely to contract hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s already infected — even if that person doesn’t appear sick. Some people who are infected never develop signs and symptoms, but others may feel as if they have a severe case of the flu.

Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage. Unlike hepatitis B and C, hepatitis A doesn’t develop into chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis — both potentially fatal conditions.

Practicing good hygiene — including washing your hands often — is one of the best ways to protect against hepatitis A. Effective vaccines are available for people who are most at risk.

So, after much research, I found most all web sites report the same thing. In fact, most children are exposed and recover from Hepatitis A infection without ever knowing it! Why does the CDC recommend this vaccine for all children one year of age but then go on to emphasize high risk groups such as men who have sex with other men and drug users in their vaccine hand out?

This is one vaccine that may not be necessary for a young child, just as the Hep B vaccine is totally absurd to give to newborns. In searching the VAERS reporting web site, there have been 2081 adverse reactions and deaths to one variation of the Hep A vaccine. This sounds to me like it’s a much higher number compared to actual infections in young children. You might want to think twice and avoid this vaccine altogether.