Do You Understand What You are Being Vaccinated Against?

Posted on July 25, 2011

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When we go to the doctor and get immunizations, how many of us understand what we’re being vaccinated against? Sometimes the anxiety of getting shot will allow us to get distracted from what the immunization does, and put more focus on will the immunization be painful.

Here is the first part of a list of important immunizations and what they protect us from.

Immunization

What We Are Protected Against

Hepatitis B A virus that attacks the liver is contracted from exposure to blood or infected body fluids. This can develop into a serious illness, for which there is no treatment.

 

Diphtheria Can cause a serious breathing problem, and even death. It is cause by bacteria, and is spread by coughing and sneezing. It is treated with an antitoxin, but the immunization has been effective in preventing it.
Tetanus It is caused by bacteria that enter from a break in the skin. Can cause a serious disease within the nervous system, and can be fatal.
Pertussis Also known as whooping-cough, Pertussis is caused by bacteria which lead to a respiratory infection that can be serious (esp in infants). This illness is very contagious.
Poliomyelitis (Polio)-  Caused by a virus and is spread by contact with body fluids (ex saliva). Many people who have polio do not show any symptoms but in rare cases it can lead to paralysis or death. There is no treatment for polio, but the immunization has efficiently made the U.S. polio free since 1979
Haemophilus influenza type B This is a bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia, and other infections. It’s spread by coughing & sneezing. The infections can be serious/ fatal, but the infections can be treated with antibiotics.
Pneumococcus A common bacteria that is usually spread by contact with the saliva of someone who has it.

Visit the blog tomorrow morning for the rest of the list. If you have any questions please call us here at Mayors Health Line,

(617-534-5050).

 

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