Jul 28, 2011, 10:52 AM
Post #5 of 10
Just about everyone should get the Hep A/B vaccination series (they are given together now), including folks who never leave the USA. All kids get this vaccine nowadays and the only reason older folks don't have it is that the vaccine has not existed long enough.
I would not get it just for a vacation to La Paz if it was inconvenient. But you should think about getting it as a general vaccination for future travel.
Hepatitis A is a bigger factor in developing countries and many kids get it and then are immune for life (which is why locals often don't need the vaccine as much). Hepatitis B, a chronic condition, can be sexually transmitted or transmitted in medical procedures, etc.
The Hep A/B vaccine is a series of a 3 vaccinations at 0,1,and then between 6 and 12 months (or the alternative vaccine is between 6 and 18 months). It is certified for 10 years, however, it may last much longer than that.
A more important vaccine for those over age 50, that partially protects you from a much, much higher probability event, is the shingles vaccine. See the center for disease control web site about that. The vaccine is difficult to acquire in Mexico.
(This post was edited by Tomas_en_Mexico on Jul 28, 2011, 10:54 AM)