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What’s the difference between simultaneous and combination vaccines?

Combination vaccines contain more than one vaccine in a single shot. Studies have shown that all of the vaccines in each combination shot are compatible with each other and stimulate the immune system appropriately to provide protection. Combination vaccines have been used in the United States since the mid-1940’s, with a constantly maintained safety profile. Simultaneous vaccines are two or more vaccines given at the same time. Combination vaccines and simultaneous vaccines offer the same amount of protection. It does not matter which way you or your children choose to receive the recommended vaccines, however combination vaccines do offer several benefits:

  • With only one shot given, it may be less traumatic
  • Combination vaccines are a great way to vaccinate children as quickly as possible so that they have protection early in life when they are most vulnerable.
  • Fewer visits to the doctor’s office to get multiple single vaccines saves time and money

Both the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend combination vaccines whenever they are available. 

Can a baby’s immune system handle more than one vaccine at a time?

The Use of Formaldehyde in Vaccines. (This chemical may surprise you.)


Formaldehyde, a chemical used to preserve dead bodies, sure does have a bad name! But, when it comes to our bodies, this chemical may surprise you.

First off, some vaccines contain formaldehyde.

Why?

Some vaccines work because the virus that causes disease or the toxin that causes a bacterial infection is inactivated for use in the vaccine. (Inactive viral vaccines.) (Toxoid vaccines.) Formaldehyde is the chemical used to do the inactivating.

Once the virus or bacterial toxin is inactivated, the viral particles or bacterial toxin is further processed. In doing so, the formaldehyde used in the inactivation becomes so dilute in the liquid suspension that when the vial hits the doctor’s office, just a trace amount of formaldehyde is actually injected into your body.



This amount is so small that it doesn’t even hold a candle to the amount of formaldehyde found naturally in your body. Continue reading

How to talk to your children about vaccines

This is something I have been pondering for a while, basically because I’m terrified to have terrified children. I have a one year old and another on the way, and I’m already planning my talks on health, the body…vaccines; playing them out in my head as if they were as daunting as the talk.

And although I hate to do this to you, all of this information is as important as the talk should be. And that’s because knowledge can help to eliminate fear.

So, what can you do to start this process of scaring the scariness out of vaccines? I have some ideas. Continue reading

How are vaccines made and released to the public?


A vaccine’s main goal is to teach your immune system to recognize and remember a bacteria or virus.
The word “vaccination” means to stimulate the immune system to make antibodies against the bacteria or virus targeted by the vaccine.
“Immunization” is different; it’s used in relation to injecting a person with pre-formed antibodies to a particular disease to make the person immune to it.
These terms are often used interchangeably, and that’s just fine, however it’s important to understand that these are two very different ways of creating immunity to a disease.

Shots hurt me more than they hurt you, baby.

1544969_737154899050_947957166_nMy daughter turned one over the weekend, and while that’s a huge milestone, in the back of my mind I’m thinking about the dreaded doctor visit and the looming vaccines she will be getting. Why think about this? I should be focused on my huge accomplishment as a mother, our wonderful year full of great memories, and how awesome it is that we have the technology to protect our kiddos from disease. So, why does this 30 minute visit to the doctor have to be so heart-breaking?

I’m not usually the type to write about my personal life. When it comes to writing; I’m a scientist. I’m not a softie! But the truth is that I am a MOTHER. And it’s important that while I say vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, you know that I’m going though all of this with you.

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