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Friday, February 26, 2010

What do you know about the immunizations your child gets?


This is the start of a series of posts about immunizations. The picture above is helpful to many parents to make sense of the "alphabet soup" of immunizations that are given to our children.  After talking to many parents about immunizations, it is obvious to me that the topic brings up strong feelings.  You may be "pro vaccine".  You may be "anti-vaccine".  You may want to take it slow.  You may follow the recommended schedule.  Hopefully you don't not do it at all.  (kind of sounds like I'm talking about sex....but, I'm not!)  So, instead of  getting into the discussion of whether or not to immunize, what do you know about the vaccinations that your child gets and what DISEASES they protect against?

It would not surprise me to hear that more people will know what vaccine has had UNSUBSTANTIATED claims of causing autism (just to stress, NOT TRUE) than about the diseases that we are protecting our children against.  Please see attached materials to evaluate the mountain of evidence that goes against these claims.  Nevertheless, in our society, those who yell the loudest get the most attention, and a certain playboy playmate has done significant damage to the pro vaccine movement.

So lets start with....DTaP, the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine.

This vaccine is given 5 times at ages 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and then again as a pre kindergarden booster.

DIPTHERIA.

Comes from the Latin word "leather" which refers to the tough membrane that is formed in the back of throat with this infection.  Diptheria causes a significant and severe upper respiratory infection characterized by fever, sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.  The more serious infections with diptheria can cause stridor, which is a scary noise coming from the upper airway caused by a blockage which can lead to inability to breathe.  Thankfully the disease is rare in the US due to immunization practices, but in other countries, mortality (death) in children can be as high as 7%.

TETANUS.

This one many of you have heard of.  This is a nervous system disorder caused by a bacteria that can cause severe muscle spasm (classically spasm of the muscle that helps us chew, called lockjaw).  You can contract tetanus through any type of cut or puncture wound, and it is more common to contract the disease if the object which penetrated the skin was dirty (with soil or manuer) or rusted.  Once the bacteria is in the body, it can release a toxin that can cause spasm of all your muscles which can be fatal.   Here is a video of a child with tetanus, only inserted for those that need a visual so viewer beware. Yuck.

PERTUSSIS.

AKA whooping cough.  This one matters.  It is on the rise due to the largely unvaccinated population and high rates of infectivity.  Though most people are immunized as children, the immunization wears off over time and adolescents  and adults are susceptible to this highly infectious bacteria.  Because these people care for only partially immunized babies, the disease can be spread to young children as well.

Pertussis usually starts similarly to the common cold with a runny nose and mild cough (catarrhal stage).  It then progresses to a severe cough stage (paroxysmal stage).  This is characterized by a long series of coughs with gagging and then occasional vomiting.  The classic "whoop" is caused by breathing in during one of the coughing "attacks".  This video is a classic presentation of pertussis.  The most severe or fatal forms of disease happens in the youngest children (newborn-6 months) if they are partially immunized or not immunized at all.  So actually, the best way to protect your children is to protect YOURSELF.  Most children acquire this from their household contacts (siblings and parents).  The bad news is by the time you know you have it, antibiotics don't work, they only decrease the rate of infection in others.

So how do you get immunized?...EASY.  See your doctor.  Ask for a shot call TdaP or Adacel (adult tetanus and pertussis vaccine).  Its a one time deal.  You may just save yourself or your child from a scary cold and cough, visits to the doctor, missed days of work or worse.

I will write more on this topic, but the best website for information on immunizations is www.immunize.org.  Another comprehensive source from the American Academy of Pediatrics is linked here.

 

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