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VACCINATIONS - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THEM

Updated on August 4, 2017
A baby has first immunization at just 2 months of age. This will protect from Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, polio,
A baby has first immunization at just 2 months of age. This will protect from Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, polio,
It is important to have babies immunized at 4 months against Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, polio.
It is important to have babies immunized at 4 months against Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, polio.
At 6 months your baby should be immunized against Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio be
At 6 months your baby should be immunized against Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio be

IMMUNIZATION

From the moment they are born, we want to protect our babies from all the nasty diseases that can make them very sick and even kill them when they get older. It is adviseable to give our children all the necessary protection against the various Infectious Diseases by having the vaccinated.

Some vaccines are know to contain living microbes (in a harmless form) and these will be give your baby lasting protection. Vaccines which are made from dead microbes or from the toxins that are produced, usually have to be given several times the achieve the best results possible,

In each case the body is stimulated to produce substances that are called Antibodies, which the body produces. When your child is immunized early in their lives, they are not only being protected from diseases, the the spread of diseases is greatly reduced in the community in which you live. Most forms of  immunizations usually carry very little risk.

However, some forms of vaccinations may be dangerous for a child who has suffered from convulsions or if anyone in the family suffers from having fits. If this is the case, certain kinds of vaccinations may not be advisable and it is recommended that you should discuss all options with your doctor.  As well, it is also advised that you should never have your child immunized if the baby or child is unwell.

 

At 12 to 18 months your baby should be immunized against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
At 12 to 18 months your baby should be immunized against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
When your child reaches 5 years of age, he or she should be immunized again against Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio
When your child reaches 5 years of age, he or she should be immunized again against Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio
The vaccinations are vital. If we want our children to be covered against these terrible childhood diseases.
The vaccinations are vital. If we want our children to be covered against these terrible childhood diseases.

TYPICAL IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE

2 months -                 Diptheria,Tetanus and Pertussis

                                  Intramuscular

                                  Poliomyelitis (oral)

4 months                   Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis

                                  Intramuscular

                                  Poliomyelitis (oral)

6 months                   Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis

                                  Intramuscular

                                            Poliomyelitis (Oral)

12 months                 Measles, Mumps and Rubella

                                  Subcutaneous

18 months                  Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis

                                   Intramuscular

5 Years                       Diptheria and Tetanus

                                   Intramuscular

                                   Poliomyelitis( Oral)

10-16 years                Rubella (girls)

                                   Subcutaneous

15 years                      Diptheria and Tetanus

                                    Intramuscular

Adults too, have to look after their health. It is up to them to keep up their vaccinations especially with regard to the swine flu that has been causing a lot of deaths around the world.
Adults too, have to look after their health. It is up to them to keep up their vaccinations especially with regard to the swine flu that has been causing a lot of deaths around the world.

 VACCINATIONS ARE NOT JUST FOR THE CHILDREN

The need for vaccinations is not just confined to children. Older people, because of their weaker immune systems, may benefit from being vaccinated against diseases that particularly affected older people. They may also benefit from having booster shots of some of the childhood vaccinations whose effect has worn off later in their lives.

I have briefly covered below some of the vaccinations that I think could be very beneficial for the older people. Here are just a few that I thought you might be interested in.

SWINE FLU 

Although I have read that most  people who have contracted Swine Flu get a mild dose, it can be serious and even life-threatening for some . People who have certain types of chronic illnesses, it seems that young children and pregnant women seem to be more vulnerable.

Because of its potential danger, the Government recommends that everyone should be vaccinated against swine flu, to prevent the more vulnerable people from getting it, and to reduce its spread in the community. The vaccine is available free of charge to everyone.

FLU

Older people and people with chronic illnesses are more likely to become seriously ill if they get the flu, because their immune systems are weaker. It is recommended that the following people be vaccinated against the flu every year:

  1. People aged 65 years and over
  2. People with chronic illnesse, such as heart, lung and kidney conditions and diabetes
  3.  People who are smokers

People should have annual injections because the flu is a virus  which is constantly changing. Each year, new vaccines are developed to protect people against the form of the virus expected to be the most common in the community  for that year. If people want to be protected, then they must have had the latest vaccine. The flu vaccine is free for people aged 65 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 50 years and over

PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE

 Pneumococcal disease is an infection that can cause pneumonia and other problems in older people, people with weak immune systems, and people who smoke or have a lung condition.

The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended and is available free of charge for people aged 65 years and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are 50 and over, and other people who are more likely to develop the infection because they have a chronic illness.

WHOOPING COUGH

Over the years, adults can lose their immunity to whooping cough - this is also know as pertussis.  As a result of this happening, people wh had whooping cough or were vaccinated when they were children, can get  it as adults and pass it on to young babies who have as yet not been fully immunised. 

Over half of the infants that develop Whooping Cough pick it up from members of their families.  People who are aged 50 years or over, particularly those in contact with young children, would be advised to consider having a booster pertussis vaccination, so they don't pass it on to young children. This vaccination is usually combined with a vaccination against tetanus and diptheria.

TETANUS AND DIPTHERIA

People who are aged 50 years and over who have not had a booster vaccination in the last ten years, should have one  Also adults who have not had a tetanus booster in the last five years, should have one if they get a "dirty' cut or a wound, such as a gardening wound or a nail puncture, that could become infected with tetanus.

SHINGLES

Shingles can be a very unpleasant condition with long-lasting after effects. People over 50 who have had  chickenpox may want to consider being vaccinated against shingles.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The recommendations I have mentioned here are a just general suggestions only. Some people may be advised to  have other vaccinations, particularly if they missed some of their childhood vaccinations, or they have medical conditions which increase their chances of contracting certain infections.

You should discuss with your doctor any concerns you may have. The vaccinations that might be beneficial for you will depend on your Age, Health and Lifestyle. Please talk about which vaccinations might be appropriate for you with your doctor, it could end up being something you will be very glad you did.

 

 

 

 

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    • BEAUTYBABE profile imageAUTHOR

      BEAUTYBABE 

      7 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

      Hi Daryl,

      I am not a doctor, but I can say with all honesty that I would NEVER repeat any vaccinations on any CHILD OR ADULT unless I was 100% SURE of what they had previously had. By this I mean appropriate documentation that very clearly states what vaccinations have been given to that baby, child or adult.

      I realise that records of any kind can be lost, burnt in fires or destroyed by other natural disasters in our lives.

      In particular records of CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS.

      I have therefore done further research and I found out the following information for you:

      There is a number you can call 1800 653 809 which is the number for the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

      This Register is a National Register administered by

      MEDICARE AUSTRALIA that records details of vaccinations

      given to children under SEVEN YEARS OF AGE WHO LIVE IN

      AUSTRALIA.

      Daryl I urge your friend to contact this number. You don't say how old he is, but if he is under seven years, they will probably be able to help.

      I wish you every success with this.

      Beautybabe.

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      Daryl 

      7 years ago

      My friend's younger brother's record was lost. They cannot remember the vaccines he had. Is it okay to have them repeated? Will that cause any side effects?

    • BEAUTYBABE profile imageAUTHOR

      BEAUTYBABE 

      8 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

      Hi Billy,

      Thanks for these comments.Yes it is very important for mothers to know when to immunise their children. It is something I am very passionate about, even though I was not lucky enough to be blessed with a child. Motherhood was something I wanted more than anything when I was growing up.

      Unfortunately, after three miscarriages it became too angerous my doctors said. I was heartbroken because my sisters had babies no troubles at all. Anyway, hopefully, my information will be beneficial to some other mothers. Love Beautybabe Pam

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      A very informative hub. I wrote a hub about the poliovirus how it still exists in areas of the world despite all our knowledge and wealth. This is a great summary of the others.

    • Gigi2 profile image

      Gigi2 

      8 years ago from UK

      Great hub, very informative. I will be passing it on to my daughter who is expecting this summer. I had forgotten so much, although my babies had all their jabs. I have learnt a lot also. I didn't know about the shingles vaccination, or that whooping cough can occurr in adults.Thanks for sharing such valuable information.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I didn't know there was a shingles shot I will be getting one,thanks for the info...

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