The pertussis vaccine has been in the news lately because of what has been described as "fading protection". It is important to note that "Among children who get all 5 doses of DTaP vaccine on schedule, effectiveness is very high within the year following the 5th dose — nearly all children (98 out of 100) are fully protected." It's especially important to get a booster if pregnant. SOURCE: CDC Feel free to download and share without modification.
People often wonder: why give my newborn a hepatitis B vaccine, if hep B is sexually transmitted? True, it is. But it can also be contracted during childbirth by the baby from her mother (who unknowingly carries the virus). A child can even contract the hep B virus from another child via a bite to the arm. Infants are very likely to develop chronic liver disease from the virus. This is why medical staff give babies a hep B vaccine within the 24 hours following birth.
I suffered from a bout of chicken pox as a child, and maybe you did too. Any day I may have the virus reawaken and subject me to the agony of shingles. Fortunately, our kids needn’t deal with this agonizing itch and pain—or possible hospitalization/death—thanks to the varicella vaccine. Feel free to download and share without modification.
Rotavirus is one of the most common and serious causes of diarrhea in children. Many cases are mild, but others can be severe, leading to dehydration, hospitalization, and possibly death. “Rotavirus basically affects everybody by the time they are 5. If we took blood samples of all people, it would be rare to find someone who has not had rotavirus.” – Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventor of RotaTeq vaccine
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) is hardly a household word, but the bacterium can be very nasty to young children. A vaccine was introduced in 1985, and since then rates of severe Hib infections have decreased more than 90% in areas where the vaccine is routine.
Your brain and spinal cord are protected by membranes called the meninges. Meningitis is an acute inflammation of these membranes, and it can can be very destructive. Even with antibiotic treatment, the meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis has a fatality rate of 10% or more. If you survive, you may still be left with permanent disability. Lucky, there are vaccines for multiple strains of N. meningitidis.
“Childhood vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Indeed, parents whose children are vaccinated no longer have to worry about their child’s death or disability from whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, or a host of other infections.” – Ezekiel Emanuel MD, American bioethicist Feel free to download and share without modification.
“Imagine a ship, imperiled at sea, with hundreds of children on board. Of course the international community would respond immediately and fully. Yet, each year poverty and polio steal the lives and the childhood of hundreds of thousands of Congolese children. We have the capacity and the moral obligation to save them – but do we have the will?” – Actress Mia Farrow, polio survivor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (February 2012) Feel free to download and share without modification.
I have read some alarming myths about tetanus among anti-vaccine writers. The most dangerous one is the idea that if the wound bleeds (or you pour hydrogen peroxide into it), the tetanus bacteria all die because they are anaerobic.