Friday, July 09, 2010

Don't disregard vaccines

By Dr Bill Maier

Do babies really need all those vaccines? After all, does anyone really get whooping cough, or rubella anymore?

A lot of diseases that were once common have now been eliminated. And that’s because doctors were vigilant in giving vaccines.

But the viruses that cause these diseases still exist, so it’s important not to let our guards down.

No one enjoys getting their baby shots, but there’s a lot you can do to ease the discomfort — both for you and your baby. Ask if you can hold your baby during the procedure. And make sure you get an information sheet on the vaccine so you know what to watch for in the way of normal side effects or reactions. This will keep you from panicking later. You might also ask your doctor about relief for mild fever or pain — not for you; for the baby!

Above all, be diligent. There are 12 recommended vaccines, and your baby should get them all.


From TODAY, Voices - Friday, 02-July-2010
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