March 2012

In 1998 the State of Arizona recommended immunization for Hepatitis A for children ages 2 through 5 in out of home child care. It became required in January of 1999. In 2006, the CDC recommended universal immunization beginning at age 12 months. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection of the liver that causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and in many cases jaundice. It is transmitted from stools or secretions from an infected individual or through water or food. The first dose of vaccine is given after the 1st birthday, and a booster dose is given 6 to 12 months later. Although it is not required after age 6 years, we recommend it for all susceptible individuals.

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