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Baby Vaccines


One of the best ways to protect your child is to ensure that she gets her baby vaccines at the proper times. Baby shots are given on a set schedule, and will protect your infant from a variety of childhood diseases and conditions. The diseases that these shots prevent are extremely serious, and can even be life-threatening to infants. So, what immunizations does your baby need to stay healthy? Here is a list of the necessary baby vaccines that your baby should receive after birth.

Chicken pox: A common childhood disease, it causes itchy spots and fever. It can also lead to bacterial infections.

Diphtheria: This disease affects the throat and airway. It causes a thick coating to form, and can interfere with breathing, and cause paralysis or death.

Haemophilus Influenzae (type B): One of the most serious childhood diseases, it causes meningitis and pneumonia. Meningitis is a brain and spinal cord infection that claims babies and children suddenly, and is difficult to treat.

Hepatitis A: It causes nausea, jaundice and diarrhea. It can also cause chronic problems with the liver.

Hepatitis B: A liver disease that can cause chronic disease or liver cancer.

Influenza: Most commonly known as the flu. This is unlikely to severely harm or kill your baby, but can lead to other complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. It can be serious in very small infants. Flu symptoms include runny nose, high fever, coughs, nausea and body aches.

Measles: This causes a skin rash, as well as a fever and cough. It can be dangerous and can lead to severe illness or even death.

Mumps: Mumps can be very dangerous as it can lead to meningitis. It causes swollen glands around the jaw and testicles, headache and fever.

Pneumoccocis: Causes ear and bloodstream infections, and can lead to pneumonia and death.

Polio: A dangerous disease with various symptoms: sore throat, stomach-ache, and stiffness. It can cause paralysis, or even death in some children.

Rubella: Causes a rash to appear on the body and face. A pregnant woman can miscarry, and in babies it can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness and deafness.

Tetanus: Tetanus causes severe muscle spasms and lockjaw in patients. It can be fatal.

Rotavirus: Causes symptoms that are similar to flu, but diarrhea can last for up to a week. There is no antibiotic that is effective against rotavirus.

You can keep your baby's shots up-to-date by taking her to your local clinic or doctor's office for routine visits. With all of the various baby shots that your infant needs, it can be difficult to remember when she needs vaccinations. Your doctor or health care provider can inform you about the proper scheduling of these immunizations, and maintain a record of what shots have been given. While your doctor can help educate you on what infant vaccines your child needs, it is still your responsibility to make sure that all the necessary shots have been given in order to keep your baby healthy.

 


 
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