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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Anxious | 2007/08/07

Q.

Hepatitis A

Hello,
Both of my daughters, aged 4 yearsold and 5 months old, are in creche. We received a note from the school yesterday saying that two children (siblings) in different classes had been infected by Hepatitis A. My eldest daughter is in the same class as one of the children so I will be taking her to be vaccinated but I am wondering if my baby needs a vaccination done? Is she still too young. If the worst happens and they are infected, what could happen? I would appreciate any help you could give.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your 4 year old should definitely get the Hepatitis A immunisation.Children are now given this immunisation routinely at the age of 2 years. Your baby should probably have the vaccination at this stage seeing that there has been an outbreak of Hepatitis A at the creche. Speak to your paediatrician about your baby and see if he/she agrees.

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