Monthly Archives: March 2014

Pneumo – It’s All About the Numbers

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DD When we are immunized, we usually have to get several shots, or doses, before we’re protected against a disease.

Nearly all vaccine-preventable diseases require more than one dose of vaccine to provide us with a strong immune response. It’s not fun, but it’s better than fighting all those infections.

Last summer, an article in Pediatrics described a study which looked at the cost-effectiveness of removing a primary dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13).

This vaccine helps to prevent pneumococcal infections, which can mean anything from an ear infection to pneumonia to meningitis. It can be a dangerous and deadly infection.

Right now, this vaccine is a four-dose series. The first three doses are primary doses, and the fourth dose is a booster.

A primary dose “primes” the immune system, allowing our bodies to develop stronger immunity with each primary dose we receive. The booster dose is the last…

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Another Great Resource for Parents!

Voices For VaccinesParents Speaking Up for Immunization

Check out this website for powerful information about vaccinations from parents to parents.  You can join other parents in promoting vaccinations and providing information to anyone questioning vaccine safety.

By joining you can add your voice to support the use of on-time vaccinations to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases in your community!

 

ACIP Updates and Reasons to Dismiss Vaccine Conspiracy Theories

Shot of Prevention

While the majority of people support immunizations and recognize their value in reducing the incidence of disease around the world, there are a handful of people who cling to the preposterous idea that some big vaccine conspiracy exists that will lead the “sheeple” to their doom.  They claim conspirators include doctors, scientists, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.  However, by familiarizing ourselves with the reporting structure of immunization related agencies, and the way in which vaccine recommendations and policies are developed and disseminated (as outlined in the image below) it’s easy to see the value of our current policies and procedures and dismiss these conspiracy claims.

One important part of the puzzle is the work of The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Having recently returned from the latest ACIP meeting, I can honestly say that the committee is an impressive group of medical and public health experts who are committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of the American public.   Not only do they develop recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases…

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