Vaccines Save Lives

VaccinationsVaccines to protect against becoming infected with serious diseases have done more to save people than all of medicine combined. Yes, there are terrific advances in medical science that can save people who contract diseases or need surgical intervention; however, not getting sick in the first place should always be the primary goal, and vaccines are a great help in this area.
Common and Not-So-Common Diseases Vaccines Can Prevent
The Centers for Disease Control published a list of vaccine-preventable diseases. Here is a sampling from the list:
Cancer from Human Papillomavirus

Diphtheria

Hepatitis A and B

Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Influenza (Flu)

Measles

Mumps

Pneumonia

Shingles

Tetanus
Vaccine Risks
There are risks to vaccines; however, in most situations the risks associated with contracting the illnesses that vaccines can prevent are worse. Most people that get vaccinated do not even have a sore spot on their arm where the vaccine was injected. It is important to tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies such as an allergy to eggs or the preservatives used in some vaccines.

Vaccines and Autism
Several scientific studies have been completed to investigate any correlation with vaccines and autism in children. The findings indicate no such correlation exists. The concern centered around the preservative thimerosal, which is used in multiple dose vials of vaccines. If you are concerned about thimerosal and your child, ask for vaccines that do not contain it.

The Flu Vaccine Cannot Give You the Flu
There is a myth that is perpetually spread that you can get the flu from the flu vaccine. Injected influenza vaccines contain dead viral strains that cannot replicate. It is not possible to be infected with the flu by getting a flu shot. The nasal spray influenza vaccines contain a live-attenuated (weakened) version of viral strains. Both cause your body to develop immunity by activating your immune system. As with most vaccines, the most common side effect is a slight soreness at the injection site. A few others may sense their immune system kicking into gear. It is possible to have already been exposed to a virus prior to the vaccine or to acquire a strain the vaccine does not protect against. Plus, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to do its job.

Deadly diseases such as polio and smallpox have almost been wiped out because of vaccines. The fears parents have of vaccines today is misplaced. Imagine the real fears if polio, smallpox and other diseases were rampant with no protection against them. Start a discussion with your doctor to find out the real facts about vaccines.

 

If you are reading this on any other blog than A&P Urgent Care
or via my RSS Feed, it is stolen content without credit.
Come and visit our blog at https://apurgentcare.com/blog/

Your Guide to Childhood Vaccinations

vaccinationsWhat Are Vaccinations and Does My Child Really Need Them?
Vaccinations, also known as immunizations, protect children from a number of fatal and serious diseases by prompting the body to produce antibodies to fight these infections. Vaccines boost the body’s own immunity. Some of the diseases that vaccines protect against include measles, polio, whooping cough and diphtheria. You may not have heard of these diseases and that is because these vaccinations are working properly. Vaccinations have significantly decreased the number of infections and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. They have eradicated many serious illnesses over the years. In spite of these statistics, many parents are still anxious about giving their children vaccinations because of the misinformation that they have received. Read below to learn all about vaccinations for your child.
Types of Vaccinations
There are a number of vaccinations that children need. Consult your physician for a complete schedule and recommendations. Here are some of the common vaccinations:
Meningitis
This vaccine protects against meningococcal infection. Meningitis is a serious bacterial infection. It is an infection of the covering of the spinal cord and brain. Even when treated with antibiotics, about 15 percent of people that get meningococcal disease die. Of those who live, many suffer strokes and seizures, become deaf, lose their legs or arms or have problems with their nervous systems. Although anyone can get meningococcal disease, it is most common in infants and children ages 16-21.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
This is a combination immunization that helps protect children from three serious illnesses: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. These illnesses are caused by bacteria. Pertussis and diphtheria are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through wounds or cuts.

  • Diphtheria causes a thick mucus that covers the back of the throat. It often leads to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis or death.
  • Tetanus, also called lockjaw, causes extremely painful tightening of the muscles throughout the body. It causes the jaw to become locked so that the victim cannot swallow or even open his mouth. Tetanus causes death in approximately 2 out of 10 cases.
  • Pertussis is also called whooping cough. It causes terrible fits of coughing that makes it hard for the child to breathe, drink or eat. These coughing spells can lead to brain damage, seizures or even death.

The diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine prevents all of these illnesses. As you can see, childhood immunizations are very important, as they prevent serious illnesses from occurring. Vaccines are also very safe. They are rigorously tested to ensure that they are effective and safe before they are ever approved by the FDA.

 

 

If you are reading this on any other blog than A&P Urgent Care
or via my RSS Feed, it is stolen content without credit.
Come and visit our blog at https://apurgentcare.com/blog/

Tips to Help Prevent Kids’ Colds and Flu

Tips to Help Prevent Kids' Colds and Flu | A&P urgent Care

There are two main defenses to help keep your children healthy with cold and flu season around the corner. The first is to teach your children proper hygiene habits like coughing and sneezing into tissues and washing their hands often. The second is recieving a yearly preventative flu vaccine, if they are 6 months or older.

Click here to read the full article by Gina Shaw on WebMD.