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Old 04-27-2011, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Miss Foxy View Post
Everyone should be immunized not just "male homosexuals" ...

Miss Foxy, please follow the link above to a MMWR put out by ACIP/CDC with guidelines concerning Hepatitis A immunization. As the document is 36 pages, I have taken the liberty of choosing some pertinent quotes:

Hepatitis A outbreaks among MSM have been reported frequently. Cyclic outbreaks have occurred in urban areas in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia and can occur in the context of an outbreak in the larger community (28,31,53,64--67) . . . Since 1996, ACIP has recommended hepatitis A vaccination of MSM (2). Although precise data are lacking, vaccine coverage appears to be low (53).
MSM (both adolescents and adults) should be vaccinated. Prevaccination testing is not indicated for the vaccination of adolescents and young adults in this population but might be warranted for older adults (see Prevaccination Serologic Testing for susceptibility). Studies have suggested that the majority of MSM would accept hepatitis A vaccination if recommended by their providers (53). Health-care providers in primary-care and specialty medical settings in which MSM receive care should offer hepatitis A vaccine to patients at risk. Implementation strategies to overcome barriers and increase coverage (e.g., use of standing orders) should be considered.
For your information, "MSM" or "Men who have Sex with Men" is the politically correct medical term for male homosexuals (the equivalent of referring to "prostitutes" as "sex workers"). MSM includes bisexual males and black males who practice what they refer to as the "down low". There are currently over 300 million people in the U.S. The CDC (or any other medical organization) does not currently recommend immunizing "everyone" as you stated. If you can post evidence to the contrary, please do. Otherwise, kindly edit your post and remove the "rolleyes" emoticon. Ignorance of a subject is understandable; expressing contempt for someone who is more informed on a subject is not.
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