Question #41: Do you think vaccines are safe - with a focus on children?
I would safe that vaccines are generally safe. However, I worry about the amount of vaccines we give to newborn babies. I will state clearly that I am not a mother and have never had to be in this situation. But, I was present when my niece was born...and I do recall questioning the nurse giving her vaccines. My sister-in-law and brother were pretty out of it - I was their voice. I did step up and ask about every vaccine she was to be given. At the end of it...I did not permit all the vaccines to be done that day with the support of my sister-in-law of course.
Babies are born with protection against some diseases because their mothers pass antibodies - proteins made by the body to fight disease - to them before birth. Babies that are breastfed continue to get more antibodies in breast milk.
Immunization/vaccination is a way to create immunity or protection from some diseases. This is done by using small amounts of a killed or weakened germ that causes the disease. Vaccines stimulate the immune system to react as if there were a real infection. It can fend off the infection because it remembers the germ. Giving it the ability to fight the germ if it enters the body later.
There are a few different types of vaccines. They include:
-Attenuated (weakened) live viruses are used in some vaccines such as in the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
-Killed (inactivated) viruses or bacteria are used in some vaccines, such as in IPV.
-Toxoid vaccines contain an inactivated toxin produced by the bacterium. For example, the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines are toxoid vaccines.
-Conjugate vaccines (such as Hib) contain parts of bacteria combined with proteins.
Some of the recommended vaccinations I have seen are:
Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
Hepatitis A vaccine (HepA)
Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)
Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV)
Polio vaccine (IPV)
I don’t know about oversight regulations regarding immunizations. I admit I have a lot to learn about this topic. I am eager to hear what you all have to say about vaccines. I will bring with me to Congress my desire to be a lifelong student..a constant learner.
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