When babies are first born they are easily exposed to the world and all the diseases in it. For their protection, babies must receive a plethora of vaccinations in a series of three to four doses. The vaccinations that are required for babies to receive between birth and 15 months are as follows:
Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Acellular Pertussis, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B, Pneumococcal Conjugate, Inacivated Poloiovirus, Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis A.
We have to remember that newborn babies’ immune systems are weak and anything can cause them to become sick, so they must be concealed until they are a certain age or until they have had all of the necessary vaccinations. The medication which is given to them can change their moods, but within two to three days they should return back to their normal selves.
Children are not the only ones recommended to get vaccines. There are vaccines for adults, too.
• Seasonal influenza for all adults
• Pertussis (whooping cough) for all adults who have not previously received the TDaP vaccine and for women during each pregnancy
• Tetanus and diphtheria every 10 years following Tdap vaccine
• Shingles for adults 60 years and older
• Pneumococcal disease for adults 65 years and older and adults younger than 65 who have specific health conditions
Written By: Hillary D. Griffin