Hepatitis A Vaccine for Children Lasts for 10 Years

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“Children younger than 2 who are given the hepatitis A vaccine are protected from the virus for 10 years, a new study shows.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver, and typically is found in areas with poor sanitation where it is transmitted through contaminated food and water.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the transfer of a mother’s hepatitis A antibodies — which help defend against the virus — to her child does not reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, which is routinely given to children between 12 months and 18 months old.”

 

Good news indeed – because the vaccine hasn’t been around that long, and it’s always useful to know just when you might need re-jabbing.  A seriously good idea for people travelling in Africa, Asia, South America….

See on www.drugs.com

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