Posted by: rosec2 | November 13, 2010

Prevention of Infectious Diseases through Immunization

 

Before birth, newborns/infants are often protected from infections due to antibodies that are passed through the placenta to them in the womb.  This protection continues after birth but not for long.  Breastfeeding babies continue to get these antibodies but it’s temporary and not enough to prevent all the infectious diseases available out there that may possibly affect these babies. 

Immunization is the best way to protect newborns and infants from most of these infectious diseases. Babies begin receiving immunizations from birth until adolescent years and even further as conditions determine. It is important to keep up with your baby’s immunization to prevent them from contracting certain diseases that can be fatal to them.  Some children may react to certain vaccinations and some mothers also believe that vaccinations do cause autism but medical studies have proven otherwise.  Vaccinations have been beneficial to our society and taking advantage of it in helping prevent diseases that could otherwise be fatal to our children is the best way to go. Below are immunizations recommended for babies as they grow:

Birth

  • Hep B: Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV); recommended to give the first dose at birth, but may be given at any age for those not previously immunized.

1-2 months

  • Hep B: Second dose should be administered 1 to 2 months after the first dose.

2 months

  • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine
  • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine
  • IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine
  • PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • Rota: Rotavirus vaccine

4 months

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • IPV
  • PCV
  • Rota

6 months

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • PCV
  • Rota
6 months and annually
  • Seasonal influenza. .

6-18 months

  • Hep B
  • IPV

12-15 months

  • Hib
  • MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • PCV
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Responses

  1. This is such great information to have! I remember getting vaccinated in grade school and middle school and I can’t imagine why people don’t get it now. We have taken huge medical strides and people choose not to partake. Crazy!

  2. I am so glad you posted this. It is very informative and I’m am such an advocate for vaccines.

  3. Seems like little kids will be living at the doctors! But I guess that is better than getting a disease.

  4. I think vaccinations are so important and I’m glad that people are getting the word out there.There are so many harmful diseases that could be prevented

  5. I am so grateful for vaccines and the benefits we receive from it. This is a helpful chart for new mothers to understand and go by for their child’s health.

  6. a lot of these shot require a series, continuing until they are five, six years old

  7. You did such a great job at the layout of the different ages and immunizations. I feel very strongly that vaccines are need and can help prevent so much. I didn’t know that there was so many for children to get.

  8. nice!!! im interested in child health and i think this information is great! thanks for posting

  9. I am glad you posted this… good information to have for the future!

  10. I really believe in vaccines too and wish that more people did. So much pain and anguish could be completely avoided if more parents would vaccinate their babies and children.

  11. What a great timeline of immunizations! I’m glad that here in the U.S. we are pretty good at educating new moms about what they need to do vaccinate their children. The more education the better! And, what a precious picture!

  12. This is so true. Some people are getting weird about vaccines but they help so much.

  13. Immunization is the best way of protecting children from infectious diseases. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Wow after looking at the list of vaccinations its no wonder Africa can’t afford them all. There are so many of them. It is really helpful to see this list. I fully support vaccinating your kids.

  15. Yeah for vaccines! They can help prevent so many things!

  16. I think immunizations are a great thing. I know when I am a mother I am going to have my children get them. I feel it is my obligation to provide whatever protection I can for my children, and immunizations is one of those ways.


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