It’s in the news: they’ve found the reason behind the child hepatitis outbreak.
What they’re saying: The BBC and many other papers are telling us that scientists now have the answer to the question: what’s causing the hepatitis outbreak?
The Expert’s Opinion: Parents have been worried for a long time! It’s great news that we now understand what could be causing the Hepatitis outbreak among children.
The idea here is this: because of COVID lockdowns, children were not able to build immunities to certain viruses because they simply were not exposed to them as part of their day-to-day life.
The main quote: “The two teams of researchers, from London and Glasgow, say infants exposed later than normal – because of COVID restrictions – missed out on some early immunity to… (Source)
- adenovirus, which normally causes colds and stomach upsets,
- adeno-associated virus two, which normally causes no illness and requires a coinfecting “helper” virus – such as adenovirus – to replicate.”
What to do next: Keep in mind, it’s important to ensure that your child is vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Children are eligible for Hepatitis A when they’re 12 months or older!
The hepatitis virus was very rare. Doctors insist that the best outcomes happen when the child is vaccinated against BOTH Hepatitis A and COVID.
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