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Description: Learning about immunizations and the top ten vaccines for babies can help protect them against certain diseases. Watch this video to learn more.
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What’s MORE confusing than trying to figure out WHICH vaccinations your baby needs and when? In the first year alone, your baby will probably get ten different vaccines to protect against fourteen diseases! First up: The Hepatitis B vaccine, a shot that protects your child from the highly contagious Hep B virus, known to cause liver disease or even death. Your baby will get three rounds of the Hep B vaccine at birth, between the first and second month, and between the 6th and 18th months. The Hepatitis A vaccine works similarly and will protect your baby against the liver-infections that the Hep A virus can cause. Between your baby’s first and second year, your pediatrician will schedule two shots of Hep A, at least six months apart. Another vaccine, DTaP, protects against three illnesses: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Diphtheria is a contagious bacterial infection characterized by sore throat, low fever, and a sticky membrane on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity that can make it hard to swallow and can result in suffocation. Tetanus, also called lockjaw, isn’t contagious, but this bacterial infection CAN lead to seizures, permanent paralysis, and death. Finally, pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis; it derived its name from the characteristic severe hacking cough followed by intake of breath that sounds like "whoop." The DTaP vaccine comes in five parts - typically administered at two, four, and six months, as well as between 16 and 18 months and finally between four and six years of age. A fourth vaccine, HIB, protects your baby from the virus known as haemophilus influenza type B, which can cause pneumonia and meningitis. The HIB vaccine comes in four parts and is administered at two, four, six, and between 12 and 15 months. Polio, or IPV, is another vaccine that guards against the poliovirus, which can cause paralysis. The IPV vaccine is given at two months, four months, between 6 and 18 months, and again at 4 to 6 years. Next up is PCV, a vaccine that protects against a contagious bacterium that can cause meningitis, brain damage or death. PCV is administered to your child at two, four, six, and between 12 and 15 months. You’ll also want to get your little one protected against rotavirus, the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea in infants and young children. Several months later, your doctor will recommend that your infant get an MMR, or measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. While rubella, is slightly less serious, measles could lead to seizures, brain damage, or death. Mumps, meanwhile, is a viral infection that causes painful swelling of the salivary glands, and which can also cause meningitis or deafness in more severe cases. These days, the shot also comes as an MMRV, which offers additional protection against the chicken-pox causing varicella virus. MMR or MMRV is given twice at the 12 to 15 month marker, and again between four and six years. Many doctors also recommend an annual flu shot for your child after six months of age. It can be a lot to keep track of, but these vaccinations can help keep your child safe from some serious diseases!