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Important Vaccines You May Not Have Heard Of

Over the years there have been many new vaccines developed and mass-produced to limit the spread and likelihood of you getting a certain disease. Vaccines are one of the main reasons that humans are living longer then ever before, because things that may have killed us in the past, we are now immune to it, due to being properly vaccinated.

As babies and children, we get a lot of injections with some of the most important vaccines at the time. As scientists continue to work and make amazing breakthroughs, more vaccines become available and depending on who you are, you may be recommended to get that vaccine. These days many childcare centers or schools will not accept your child if they haven’t been fully vaccinated.

It can be a stressful time for both child and parent when getting vaccinations, the experience is certainly not a nice one, but it is something that needs to be done so that your child doesn’t fall ill (or worse) from a disease that there is a vaccination for. As a new parent you may want to learn more about the different types of vaccinations your child will be getting. So, have a read on below for more information about important vaccines:

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A is known to cause liver disease, which can last up to several months and can become quite severe in some cases. This vaccination is recommended for all children and there are two doses you need to get, which should be spaced at least 6 months apart. Some adults choose to get hepatitis A vaccination, especially if they are travelling overseas and are at a greater risk of picking up the disease.

Chickenpox Vaccine

Chickenpox is a very common disease, especially in younger children and it easily spread from one person to another. While it doesn’t have as serious impacts on children, it can be more threatening if an adult contracts the disease. There are typically two doses of this vaccine and it is recommended to get the first dose when your child is around 1 year old.

Meningococcal Vaccine

This is a fairly serious disease that can impact your bloodstream or cause meningitis. It is an illness that can spread easily in a variety of different ways, some of which include kissing, sharing utensils or living close with someone who is infected. This vaccine is recommended for children when they are a little bit older, around 11-12 years of age.

Tdap Booster

There was a time in America where diseases like tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis where quite common. The reports of those infected with these diseases have dropped significantly over the years thanks to the development of vaccines. While these diseases are currently uncommon and people are unlikely to contract them, it is still a good idea to get vaccinated against them. This vaccine is recommended for children who are 10 years of age or older.

Rotavirus Vaccine

This is known to be one of the most highly contagious diseases that impact young children. This disease can cause severe diarrhea and often fever and vomiting in babies and young children. The disease causes dehydration and can have lasting consequences if not treated early.

Of course the best treatment is prevention, so it is a good idea to get your child vaccinated so they don’t have to go through this disease. The vaccine usually comes in two or three different doses and is recommended to be given to babies starting from 2 months old. Some children may have an allergic reaction to this vaccine, so it is important to consult with your doctor.