The recommendations change almost yearly. The following brief outline describes some vaccine recommendations and worries.

Basic childhood vaccines are designed to prevent or minimize:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal Disease-(ear infections, pneumonia)
  • Haemophilus influenza (meningitis, ear infections)
  • Rotavirus (severe vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Tetanus
  • Diptheria
  • Influenza 
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • TDAP (11 & up)
  • Meningococcal (11 & up)
  • Gardasil (11 & up)

Newer vaccines

  • Gardasil-(human papilloma virus vaccine-prevents cervical cancer)
  • Shingrix - helps prevent shingles

Adult Vaccines

  • Influenza-changes yearly
  • Pneumovax-helps prevent adult pneumonias
  • Gardasil
  • Zostavax - helps prevent shingles
  • Tetanus, Pertussis, Diphtheria

Concerns/questions:

I’m worried about my children developing Autism from vaccines.  

A valid concern, as autism rates are rising in the USA. There is no documentable evidence that modern vaccines contribute to that.

The risk of vaccination is more than the risk of the disease.

Partially true-most diseases have decreased dramatically since childhood vaccinations have been given. The fear of summer-time polio and death or paralysis is something current parents have never experienced.  If ALMOST everyone gets their vaccinations, the risk for unvaccinated individuals is very low. However it the unvaccinated group gets large enough, it provides a place for disease to live and spread and new epidemics to start.

I never get the flu, but every time I get the flu shot, I get the flu.

Influenza viruses change every year, and new vaccines are based on intelligent predictions. They do not provide 100% coverage. The injectable vaccines are made from dead virus and cannot cause a case of the flu. They sometimes cause a couple days of achiness and fever. 

I heard whooping cough vaccine causes seizures.

The old vaccine  for of whooping cough vaccine Dtap or Tdap have a risk of high fevers. Sometimes they seemed to be associated with seizures. Japan and Great Britain stopped giving the pertussis vaccines for a few years. They found that the seizures continued to occur and whooping cough returned with increasing deaths from the whooping cough. So it appears that there is a certain number of children who will have seizures, and that number doesn’t change with or without whooping cough vaccine.