Doctor Visits - Vaccinations - Part II

Doctor Visits - Vaccinations - Part II

  Autor NN Team Data: 07.09.2007

Doctor Visits - Vaccinations - Part II
Good injections 

One of the essential conditions for your child's health is the immunization, meaning the vaccination. The vaccines contain a small quantity of viruses/ weakened or killed microbes, which will determine the production of antibodies against those germs, when introduced in the child's body. 

Therefore, when the child will get into contact with the respective microbes or viruses again, his body will react quickly by producing the antibodies which will destroy the germs immediately. Thus, the child won't get sick or he will rarely get a light form of the disease. By vaccination, you can prevent severe disease, even hard or impossible to treat (polio, tuberculosis, diphteria, hepatitis B). 

In Romania children are vaccinated for free, according to a schedule which contains the most important vaccines. Don't deprive your child of these vaccines! You are doing the worst thing to him. On the other hand, if you want to administer an additional vaccine to your child, you must ask for the doctor's advice! Don't listen to your relatives or friends! 

Vaccination is not dangerous. The reactions the body usually produces are the fever, redness and strengthening of the injected spot. These symptoms are more accentuated in older children. Some vaccines are administered as injections (in the arm, in the thighs), and some are administered orally. The vaccination and the following supervision are the GP's duties, who will inform the parents to bring the child for vaccination, and about the possible unpleasant effects. 

The DTaP vaccine- diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, 

This is a vaccine against three diseases diphteria, tetanus and pertussis. It is administered in 5 doses, at 2, 4 and 6 months of age, and at one and three years old. It might cause reactions such as fever, redness, inflammation of the injected spot. If the fever is higher than 38.5 degrees, give your child an antipyretic (for example: paracetamol 80 - 125mg), and apply a cold compress locally. 

The BCG vaccine (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) 

This is efficient against tuberculosis, a diseases which is very frequent nowadays. Children are vaccinated with BCG since their birth and the vaccine's scar is supervised after this. When entering a collectivity, children are tested (to see if they were immunized), with PPD skin test (the skin reaction to PPD). If the IDR is negative, meaning the spot doesn't get red at all, it is recommended to make the BCG vaccine again. The vaccine protects against the diseases about 50-80%. 

Polio vaccine 

Poliomyelitis is an endangered disease due to the polio vaccine, which is orally administered and has no side effects. You must not administer it to children with chronic diseases, fever or diarrhea. In Romania, this vaccine is administered together with the DtaP one at 2, 4 and 6 months of age and at one year. After the vaccination, it is prohibited to do intramuscular injections for one month! 

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