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1) Do children above 5 years need to take vaccine for Jaundice?Thank you if you answer it!

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freedomfreedom | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM via web

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1) Do children above 5 years need to take vaccine for Jaundice?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM (Answer #1)

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Jaundice is a symptom, not a disease.  It describes the color of one's skin, a yellowish tint, that can arise from a number of illnesses or conditions.  Thus, there is no vaccine for jaundice, per se.  There are vaccines available for hepatitis A and B, viral diseases that can manifest as jaundice.  Both of my sons have are vaccinated against both, the older one as a teenager and the younger one in infancy.  I believe that most children are routinely vaccinated in their infancy today.  However, whether a child over the age of five should be vaccinated against either or both should be decided in conjunction with a pediatrician, also bearing in mind that different school districts have vaccine requirements for attendance, too. 

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