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Vaccinations

 

Common Vaccines

What You Need and Why??
Normally, children receive numerous vaccines, depending on their schedule. Adults too may receive one; however, this should be according to doctor′s advice. Considerations may include the health history of the patient, occupation, travel plans, geographical locations, age, and childhood vaccinations.

Common Vaccinations given to children:

 

Tetanus Vaccine

Toxins called tetanus bacterium, which can prove to be very fatal, can damage your body. That′s why a tetanus vaccine is given. This is usually composed of three injections with 6 months gap. Every 10 years, a booster dose should be administered. A child can receive a combination of vaccine against pertussis or whooping cough, diphtheria, or tetanus.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

A vaccine against the virus called Hepatitis A must be given to children who are a little older than 2, especially if they′re bound to travel in territories outside the United States, such as Northern and Western Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. They should also be given to those who are drug users, individuals who are suffering from chronic liver disease, male homosexuals, as well as those with blood clotting problems. The vaccine should be given in two doses, with a 6 to 12 months interval. Hepatitis A vaccination must be routinely given to children who are living in areas with a Hepatitis A problem.

Smallpox Vaccine

Administration of smallpox vaccine was routine until 20 years ago when the disease seemed to be eliminated and thus the vaccination was also discontinued. However, because of the threat of smallpox use in terrorism as well as the vaccine′s wearing off every 10 years, there may be a need to promote smallpox vaccination again.

In general, the vaccine is harmless. However, in some cases, severe reactions happen for every 100 in one million of individuals who weren′t vaccinated before. Death can happen for every 1 in one million. If you were vaccinated before, then the chances of experiencing these reactions lessen. If this should be continued, it′s advisable to administer it only to areas that are having smallpox epidemic. They are best given to individuals who are in the earliest stages of smallpox.

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