A conversation about immunizations for new parents.
This article was inspired by a first time mom with questions about the vaccine schedule. New parents may have trouble navigating the complicated and often confusing world of childhood vaccines. This is FFH getting back to basics. This is FFH answering your questions.
- 1. How are vaccines different? Each vaccine is very different. For this reason, it is possible to be in favor of some vaccines while being opposed to others.
- 2. Can I space out the vaccine schedule? Because vaccinations do not come without risk, some parents decide to modify the recommended vaccine schedule.
- 3. Can immunizations be given individually? Some parents may want to give one immunization at a time, but this option is not always available.
- 4. Is my child at risk for a vaccine reaction? The National Vaccine Information Center recommends asking the following 8 questions prior to vaccinations to help you determine if your child is a “vulnerable child.”
- 5. Is immunity from vaccination permanent? Newborns can be immune to some diseases, but how long will it last?
- 6. How much immunity is passed through breast milk and how long does it last? Breastfeeding may be one way to pass immunity to your newborn when they are too young for certain vaccines.
- 7. Do vaccines cause autism? The rate of autism is 1:68 – and some parents are still concerned.
- 8. Can vaccines cause harm? The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history, however . . .
- 9. What are titers? Why are they important when talking about vaccines?
- 10. Can a sick child be vaccinated? Before administering a vaccination a practitioner takes your child’s temperature and asks if they are sick. Why is this done?
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Did you Know?
- 1 shot can contain multiple antigens.
- If a vaccine series is started, there are requirements for when the booster shots must be given, or schools may not consider the immunization complete.
- Titers can be drawn prior to immunization to determine if vaccination is necessary, but may not be accepted as proof of immunity in all states.