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CDC Makes New Recommendations For International Adoptions


Are you in the process of an international adoption? There are new recommendations regarding who should be vaccinated with the Hepatitis A vaccine.

A Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) panel today recommended that everyone who is likely to be in close contact with the foreign adoptive children should receive the vaccination.

This means family members, friends, caregivers, and anyone else who expects to come into "close personal contact" with the child within 60 days after the child arrives.

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A vaccinations is recommended for children coming from countries where hepatitis A is relatively common. These countries include Guatemala, China, Russia and Ethiopia which are currently the major sources of international adoptions.

This expands previous recommendations of the pre-exposure hepatitis A vaccination which had only included parents and others traveling to endemic countries for pre-adoption purposes, but not for non-traveling family members and caregivers.

The first dose of hepatitis A vaccine should be administered as soon as adoption is planned. It is best if the first of two doses of hepatitis A vaccine are administered at least two weeks prior to the arrival of the adopted child. The two-dose vaccination costs about $140 per person.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus. It can be spread through handling a diaper or other contact with contaminated feces.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention