The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend that babies get the Hepatitis A vaccine (pdf) right after...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend that babies get the Hepatitis A vaccine (pdf) right after the age of one with the booster six months later. One reason of course, is so your baby is protected. A major reason though, that the CDC recommends this vaccine, is because you could catch Hepatitis A more easily than your little one. Even super tiny kids can pick up Hep A, but for some reason not many, (just 1/3) develop symptoms or problems from it. However, a parent is likely to pick up that same strain from their child and actually become sick. You do not want Hep A. Symptoms include liver problems like jaundice, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and severe stomach pain and diarrhea. There's usually about 3-5 deaths per 1000 incidents of Hep A as well. Not only you, but your older children could pick this up as well from your baby. If you were avoiding the Hep A vaccine you may want to reconsider. A young child should have the first shot between the ages of 12 and 23 months. But you can be vaccinated later. More information: Hepatitis A Hepatitis A vaccine

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