I had hepatitis B vaccine years before the UC; I had the pneumonia vaccine last year. No problems from it at all, nor from my DT booster this year.
Hepatitis A is a viral intestinal disease that's passed fairly easily from person to person. The CDC recommends immunization for the following groups:
• Persons traveling to or working in countries with high or intermediate endemicity of infection;
• Men who have sex with men;
• Drug use;
• Persons who work with HAV-infected primates or with HAV in a research laboratory setting;
• Persons with chronic liver disease;
• Persons with clotting factor disorders;
• Food handlers where health authorities or private employers determine vaccination to be cost-effective.
It's not a live virus, so safe to take when you're immunocompromised. I'd say your doctor's reasoning is sound. Even though your risk of exposure may be low, she's recommending you err on the side of caution.
Judy - Southern US
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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