Measles is a highly contagious disease; spread by breathing, coughing or sneezing the viral infected respiratory droplets and direct contact with the diseased patient. Before the vaccines came into existence, more than 90% children used to be infected with this deadly viral disease. Measles can be severe with complications like Pneumonia and Encephalitis, which can … Read more Why is the Measles vaccine given at 9 months? Is measles a common disease that early in life?
My baby had hexaxim at 6 week followed by pentavac pfs at 10weeks and 14 weeks. Should I still take her for HepB vaccine for the 6th month dosage? Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended as 3 doses only. Timeline of the doses depends on the type of vaccine used. If it is a monovalent vaccine … Read more Does my baby need an additional Hep B dose at 6 months after previous doses of combination vaccines?
Flu is a self limiting viral sickness for most of the people. They can recover in less than 2 weeks without medical care or antiviral drugs. But, it might lead to severe complications in some people, which can result in hospitalization and even death. Sinus infections and ear infections, Pneumonia and bronchitis, are some of … Read more Do you need a Flu shot?
Painless DTP vaccine are subunit type of vaccines containing only a part of Pertussis causing bacteria and not the whole of it. They are actually DTaP vaccines but known as painless as they do not cause pain and fever. Recent research has shown that DTaP fails to prevent transmission and spread of Pertussis among people … Read more How effective is Painless DTP vaccine?
If a baby can get a disease even after giving the vaccine, then why are vaccines important and how effective they are? Vaccines are not 100% effective. There is always a slight chance to catch infections even after immunization. But post vaccination, symptoms of the disease are usually much milder and infection normally does not … Read more Is it still possible to get the disease for which vaccine has been given?
Question: I see that you have mentioned booster doses for some vaccines in the immunization schedule. How are these important. Booster doses serve as a reminder call to our immune system to prepare itself for protecting against future infections. Memory antibody reserves produced by primary doses of vaccine, tends to decline over a period of … Read more Why are booster doses important?
Schedule mentions so many vaccines to be given at the same time during first year. Is it safe and does it work well? Typically 6 different types of vaccines namely Rotavirus drops, Inactivated Polio Virus (IPV), DTP, Hib, Hep B and Pneumococcal can be given in the same doctor’s visit to an infant. Different vaccine … Read more How many different vaccines can be given to an infant during one doctor visit?
My pediatrician recommends that I get flu vaccination done for my daughter every year and she suggests that even adults should get it. Is it really helpful? Influenza A viruses which causes flu keep mutating and evolving each year in course of shifting between animal and human hosts and thus can easily escape the already … Read more Why is it important to take flu shots every year?
No, it is not essential to give vaccines of same brands only for all the doses. The more important concern should be to timely administer the doses to complete the primary series with the best available options of vaccines. According to scientific studies, all brands of Hib conjugate, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Rotavirus and meningococcal … Read more Is it important to give vaccine of same brand for different doses?
Some vaccines are optional in contrast to the mandatory vaccines which should be given essentially to all the children of certain age group. Optional vaccines are the vaccines which are not made compulsory by the government, to be administered to each child. Parents can decide on these vaccines after discussing with their doctor. Decision can … Read more Why some vaccines are optional?