Does the following scenario sound familiar? You went to the doctor, got your flu shot and got sick a few days later. Of course, you swear up and down that it was the flu shot that made you sick. But is that really true?
In the case of a flu vaccine and other inactivated vaccines, only killed influenza viruses are present. These dead germs cannot produce illness. But what about activated vaccines, which contain live viruses? Some children do get what appears to be a mild case of the illness they were vaccinated for. Yet, this can actually be a sign that the vaccine is working. And a full-blown case of the disease or illness is extremely rare.
So, in either case, there's no need to worry about sickness caused by vaccines.
It's true that little to no cases of polio, diphtheria, rubella and similar diseases have been reported in many years . Yet, history has shown that diseases sometimes resurface out of nowhere. Why not protect your children? Additionally, diseases that are no longer prevalent in the United States may still exist elsewhere. Needless to say, there are 101 ways for these diseases to make their way right to your neighborhood. Why not have a defense just in case?
These are just a few of the concerns that many people have. Yet, many medical professionals agree the vaccinations help far more than they hurt. So what vaccinations do your children need to protect them and when?
About one month after birth, your baby should receive the first of his or her vaccinations. By the time they begin kindergarten, they should have been immunized against:
Additionally, you may want to consider immunizing your child to protect against chickenpox, Hepatitis A, rotavirus and other diseases.
There’s no doubt that you want what’s best for your children. You want them to thrive physically and in every other way. You don’t want them to be limited by sickness. Boosting their immunity with vaccinations is one way you can keep them healthy and happy as they develop into strong young adults.
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.