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Get the directly proof approximately vaccines and make educated offerings Do you ponder whether vaccines are secure and whether or not they are all rather helpful? This thoroughly revised and up to date version of the vintage Vaccines: What you'll want to be aware of is helping you type in the course of the most up-to-date information regarding vaccines on the way to confirm what's correct on your kin. Coauthored by way of Paul Offit, a member of the CDC advisory committee that determines which vaccines are urged to be used within the usa, this advisor tells you what vaccines are made up of and obviously explains how they're made, how they paintings, and the hazards linked to them. This up-to-date variation comprises innovations for the smallpox vaccine, the newest info on vaccines for tourists, and the newest at the growth of mix vaccines. multiplied info on vaccine defense comprises dialogue of vaccines and autism, mercury in vaccines, and the facility of youngsters to tolerate various vaccines instantly.

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Why should I give my child a vaccine for a disease I’ve never even heard of? There was a time when diphtheria was a devastating and feared illness. In 1920 there were 148,000 cases of diphtheria in the United States. In Canada, it was the leading cause of death in school-aged children. qxd 2/4/03 10:50 AM Page 41 DTaP Vaccine • 41 Because of the vaccine, the incidence of diphtheria has decreased from a peak of 148,000 cases to about two cases a year. However, we should not be made complacent by this remarkable success.

The tetanus vaccine is made by taking the toxin, purifying it, and inactivating it with the chemical formaldehyde. Can’t I avoid tetanus by simply washing cuts very carefully? Although careful washing of cuts and puncture wounds is important, this does not ensure protection against tetanus. Sometimes it is not possible to reach bacteria under the skin after a deep puncture wound. qxd 2/4/03 10:50 AM Page 43 DTaP Vaccine • 43 Does the series of five DTaP shots protect my children against these diseases for the rest of their lives?

WHAT IS POLIO? Polio is caused by a virus. Most people who become infected with natural (or “wild-type”) polio virus never get sick. Others will have a sore throat, cough, fever, stomach pain, vomiting, or a stiff neck and headache. About one out of every 1,000 people who get natural polio infection will be paralyzed. Usually the legs and arms are paralyzed, but the muscles that assist breathing can become paralyzed, too. Before the polio vaccine, there were 13,000 to 20,000 people paralyzed and about 1,000 people killed each year in the United States by polio.

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