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Scared of needles?

Believe it or not, I once had a fear of needles. Many years ago when I was a child I instinctively swatted the nurse giving me an injection causing the needle to scrape all the way down my arm. That’s something that stuck with me all the way into my young adult years.

I think a lot of us have an innate fear of needles. If you didn’t know better would you hold out our arm and let someone pierce it with a sharp object? I don’t think so. So if the thought of doing so makes you weak in the knees then know that you most definitely aren’t alone.

How did I get past my fear? First off, I desensitized myself by giving injections. Second, I learned everything I could about vaccine-preventable diseases, which helped to remind myself that injections are important. And third, I had babies and that meant injections, blood draws, and IVs galore on top of everything else.

Injections are still unpleasant but definitely not unbearable. I’m not going to ever say that you’re going to be happy about getting stuck with a needle, but I think I can help you to tolerate the experience with minimal freakout.

Here are some ways to help you cope: Continue reading

If you’re over 50 please pay attention!

We have a new shingles vaccine, and health and federal officials are recommending it over the older vaccine. Not only is it much more effective, you can also get it at a younger age (50+ years) than the older vaccine–Zostavax (60+ years).

Our new vaccine, Shingrix, is 96.6% effective in adults 50-59 years, while our older vaccine, Zostavax, is only 70% effective in adults 60-69 years.

And WOW… the effectiveness of Shingrix at age 70+ is 91.3% vs 38% for Zostavax (which is given at an older age, also). This research shows that Shingrix offers much longer lasting protection than Zoatavax, whose protection is shown to wane after the first year.

If given the choice choose Shingrix.

And if you’ve already had the Zostavax vaccine the CDC recommends you go get the Shingrix vaccine to make sure you are as fully covered as can be.

Protect yourself from shingles!

 

You can find all this and more here:

Dooling KL, Guo A, Patel M, et al. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:103–108. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6703a5



New study finds low vaccine rates in children with autism

In a new study that can be found in JAMA Pediatrics, they’ve found that children with autism spectrum disorder are statistically less likely to be fully vaccinated than children not on the spectrum.

They’ve found that 80% of children with autism are fully vaccinated with the recommended vaccines for children 4-6 years old (which includes the MMR vaccine), compared to 94% of children without autism.

This most likely comes from parents’ fears of the association of autism and vaccines.

However, there are decade long studies that show there is no connection between autism and vaccines.

The research claiming the link between the two can not be reproduced. It has since been thrown out by the scientific community due to fabrication by the researchers involved.

Vaccinating your child will not cause your child to develop autism, but will instead leave him or her vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases.

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Sabin and the vaccine that changed the world

Dr. Albert Sabin is famous for his development of the live oral polio vaccine and for the attempt to eradicate polio by vaccinating an entire population all at once. His commitment to the eradication of polio saved many children from death and paralysis and still does today.

He is an inspiration to us all! Please read this interesting story about Sabin’s accomplishments. I think you’ll enjoy it!

Remembering Albert Sabin and the vaccine that changed the world

 

 


Your child’s Pertussis Vaccine Schedule

Hi there!

If you aren’t following The Vaccine Mom Facebook page then you haven’t been getting nearly all of the important information I put up. I’m sorry because that’s not fair to you. So, I’m going to post all these little tidbits of information here on the website for all to see!

Today is about the importance of the pertussis vaccine to newborns. 

First off, your baby can benefit so greatly from YOU getting the pertussis vaccine (most commonly given in the Tdap vaccine–includes tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) when you are between 27-32 weeks pregnant. In about two weeks, ample antibodies to pertussis from you will pass to the baby and help protect him from birth to two months when he is able to get his first vaccine. (This must be done for every pregnancy!)

This is so important because pertussis can be life-threatening to your newborn. For more check out my article: “How to Protect Your Newborn From Pertussis.

Your baby will then get his DTaP vaccine (“The difference between Tdap and DTaP T”) at 2, 4, 6, and 18 months. These boosters are important for the baby to develop long-lasting immunity to pertussis, as well as tetanus, and diphtheria. For more about boosters: Why Do We Need Boosters?

Pertussis can cause coughing so severe it could crack your baby’s ribs. It can be life-threatening to children under the age of one, so make sure to protect your tiny one from this nasty disease!