Why are Childhood Vaccines so essential?
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Vaccinations are medicines that are used to activate the production of antibodies and provide immunity to generate a reaction that will protect an individual from one or more diseases.

Vaccinations are medicines that are used to activate the production of antibodies and provide immunity to generate a reaction that will protect an individual from one or more diseases.

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  • 1. What are vaccines? Vaccines contain weakened or dead versions of the antigens that cause diseases. This means that the antigens cannot produce the signs or symptoms of the disease, but they do stimulate the immune system to create antibodies. These antibodies help protect you if you are exposed to the disease in the future. Vaccines not only help keep your child healthy, they help all children by stamping out serious childhood diseases.
  • 2. Childhood Vaccine: Childhood vaccines protect children from a variety of serious or potentially fatal diseases, including diphtheria, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus and whooping cough. If these diseases seem uncommon - or even unheard of - it's usually because these vaccines are doing their job.
  • 3. Do vaccines cause autism?  Vaccines do not cause autism. Despite much controversy on the topic, researchers haven't found a connection between autism and childhood vaccines. In fact, the original study that ignited the debate years ago has been retracted.  Although signs of autism may appear at about the same time children receive certain vaccines - such as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine - this is simply a coincidence.
  • 4. What is the flu vaccine? The flu vaccine (also called the influenza vaccine) is available by shot or by nasal spray. The flu shot contains dead viruses. The nasal- spray vaccine contains live but weakened viruses. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot or the nasal-spray vaccine.
  • 5. Are vaccines safe? Vaccines are generally quite safe. The protection provided by vaccines far outweighs the very small risk of serious problems. Vaccines have made many serious childhood diseases rare today. Talk to your family doctor if you have any questions. Do vaccines have side effects? Some vaccines may cause mild temporary side effects such as fever, or soreness or a lump under the skin where the shot was given. Your family doctor will talk to you about possible side effects with certain vaccines.