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Week 6: Be Wise… Immunize
A vaccine, or immunization, is a medicine given to a person so that he or she produces antibodies against a certain infection. These antibodies then serve to help prevent the infection. In the US, vaccines have resulted in record-low levels of certain childhood diseases.
Vaccines not only protect the person they are given to, but also the population at large, since they work to reduce the general prevalence of once-common infections. The following vaccines are recommended in children who are at average risk for these infections:
- DTaP—three vaccines in one shot given in a series of 5 doses; protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; Tdap is a vaccine recommended as a booster dose in early adolescence
- HepA—given in a series of two doses to protect against hepatitis A
- Hep B—given as a series of three shots to help prevent hepatitis B
- Hib—given as a series of three (or four) shots to help prevent Haemophilus influenza type B
- HPV—given as a series of three shots to help prevent HPV, which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer
- Influenza—given annually to help prevent the flu
- MCV4—one shot and a booster dose given to protect against bacterial meningitis
- MMR—given as two shots to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella
- PCV—given in a series of four doses to protect against the pneumococcal bacteria
- Polio vaccine—given in a series of four to prevent polio
- Rotavirus vaccine—given in a series of 2 or 3 doses to protect against rotavirus
- Varicella—given as two shots to help prevent chickenpox
Talk with your doctor to find out if it is safe to have your child immunized. Click here for information on the Childhood immunization Schedule.
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