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INFANT IMMUNIZATION

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Immunization is a healthy choice that has saved the lives of more babies and children than any other medical intervention in the last 50 years. Vaccinating your children will protect them from serious and contagious harms such as pneumonia, measles, and Chickenpox.

WHAT DISEASES DO IMMUNIZATIONS PREVENT?

In their first 2 years of life, your child should be given vaccines that will serve as his/her primary protection against these diseases:

  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Polio
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rotavirus
  • Mumps
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Measles
  • Rubella (Geraman measles)
  • Influenza

IS VACCINATION SAFE FOR INFANTS?

Yes. Getting more than one vaccination at a time will not overwhelm your baby's immune system. It is stronger than you may think. In fact, according to scientific publications, babies can respond to 10,000 vaccines at one time.

VACCINES ARE VERY SAFE

Before they are ever given to people, vaccines were subjected to rigorous safety tests. It is much safer to get vaccinated than to get the actual disease. Serious side effects from vaccines are very rare.

Did you know? Vaccines are one of the most monitored and studied items in medicine because they are given to babies and children.

  • Yes. In fact, you are highly suggested to get the right vaccinations before, during, and after your pregnancy.

  • HEPATITIS B - A series of 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccination will protect the mother and the baby against the infection both before and after delivery. Doses 2 and 3 should be given 1 and 6 months after the primary shot.

    INFLUENZA (INACTIVATED) - All women who will be pregnant (any trimester) during the flu season are highly encouraged to get this vaccination.

    TETANUS/DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS (Tdap) - This vaccination is recommended during pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks gestation. If you failed to receive Tdap vaccination during pregnancy, it should be done immediately after the birth of your baby.

  • There are a number of vaccines, especially live-virus vaccines*, that pregnant women should avoid. These vaccines may be harmful to the baby. Some vaccines can be given to a mother in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, while others should only be administered either at least 3 months before or immediately after the baby is born.

    *A live-virus vaccine is made using the live strains of a virus.

  • HEPATITIS A - Pregnant women who are at high risk of exposure to this virus must discuss the risks and benefits of receiving this vaccination with their doctors.

    MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA (MMR) - A woman who has received this live-virus vaccine should wait at least 1 month to become pregnant. A pregnant woman who isn't immune to rubella can be given this vaccine only after delivery of the baby.

    VARICELLA - A woman who has received this vaccine should wait at least 1 month to become pregnant.

    PNEUMOCOCCAL - This vaccination should be avoided by pregnant women with the exception of those in high risk areas or those who have a chronic illness.

    ORAL POLIO VACCINE (OPV) and INACTIVATED POLIO VACCINE (IPV) - Both these vaccinations are not recommended for pregnant women.

    HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) - This vaccination is not recommended for use in pregnant women. If the first dose has been given to a woman before discovery of pregnancy, the remaining 2 doses should be delayed until after birth.