Some people have voiced concern about
immunizations when multiple vaccines for different
diseases are given at the same time. These people fear that harmful side
effects are more likely because the child's
immune system is not able to combat all of the vaccine
organisms at the same time.
Getting more than one shot (injection)
of vaccine at the same time may seem like a lot to handle. But babies have
billions of immune system cells in their bodies. Beginning at birth, the immune
system actively responds to hundreds of thousands of invading organisms.
Because established tetanus is often fatal, even with expert treatment, prevention is of paramount importance. The two major means of preventing tetanus are immunization and wound care.
There are two types of immunization for any disease -- active and passive. Active immunization is when vaccines are given to a person so that the immune system can make antibodies to kill the infecting germ. In the U.S., health officials recommend active immunization of infants and children with DTaP -- diphtheria,...
After careful study, more and more vaccines are being combined into a
single shot, such as the measles-mumps-rubella shot (MMR). Combining vaccines
means fewer shots need to be given. In most cases, each vaccine provides the same protection that it would if it had been given alone.1
The U.S. Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend
that in one doctor visit a child get all of the vaccines needed at his or her
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). General recommendations on immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR, 60(RR-02): 1-60. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr6002.pdf?source=govdelivery.
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
William Atkinson, MD, MPH - Public Health and Preventive Medicine
November 10, 2011
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November 10, 2011
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