Why is the Measles vaccine given at 9 months? Is measles a common disease that early in life?

Measles is a highly contagious disease; spread by breathing, coughing or sneezing the viral infected respiratory droplets and direct contact with the diseased patient. Before the vaccines came into existence, more than 90% children used to be infected with this deadly viral disease. Measles can be severe with complications like Pneumonia and Encephalitis, which can … Read moreWhy is the Measles vaccine given at 9 months? Is measles a common disease that early in life?

Does my baby need an additional Hep B dose at 6 months after previous doses of combination vaccines?

My baby had hexaxim at 6 week followed by pentavac pfs at 10weeks and  14 weeks. Should I still take her for HepB vaccine for the 6th month dosage? Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended as 3 doses only. Timeline of the doses depends on the type of vaccine used. If it is a monovalent vaccine … Read moreDoes my baby need an additional Hep B dose at 6 months after previous doses of combination vaccines?

Why do we need to give Polio vaccine to children every year till the age of 5?

Polio virus is a very infectious virus which spreads through fecal to oral route in countries where sanitation facilities are poor. Wild polio virus gains entry inside a susceptible child through fecal contaminated food. Virus then multiplies in the intestine of the infected child, who keep shedding it continuously through feces and in between can … Read moreWhy do we need to give Polio vaccine to children every year till the age of 5?

Is it still possible to get the disease for which vaccine has been given?

If a baby can get a disease even after giving the vaccine, then why are vaccines important and how effective they are? Vaccines are not 100% effective. There is always a slight chance to catch infections even after immunization. But post vaccination, symptoms of the disease are usually much milder and infection normally does not … Read moreIs it still possible to get the disease for which vaccine has been given?

Why are booster doses important?

Question: I see that you have mentioned booster doses for some vaccines in the immunization schedule. How are these important. Booster doses serve as a reminder call to our immune system to prepare itself for protecting against future infections. Memory antibody reserves produced by primary doses of vaccine, tends to decline over a period of … Read moreWhy are booster doses important?

How many different vaccines can be given to an infant during one doctor visit?

Schedule mentions so many vaccines to be given at the same time during first year. Is it safe and does it work well? Typically 6 different types of vaccines namely Rotavirus drops,  Inactivated Polio Virus (IPV), DTP, Hib, Hep B and Pneumococcal can be given in the same doctor’s visit to an infant. Different vaccine … Read moreHow many different vaccines can be given to an infant during one doctor visit?

Why is it important to take flu shots every year?

My pediatrician recommends that I get flu vaccination done for my daughter every year and she suggests that even adults should get it. Is it really helpful? Influenza A viruses which causes flu keep mutating and evolving each year in course of shifting between animal and human hosts and thus can easily escape the already … Read moreWhy is it important to take flu shots every year?

Is it important to give vaccine of same brand for different doses?

No, it is not essential to give vaccines of same brands only for all the doses. The more important concern should be to timely administer the doses to complete the primary series with the best available options of vaccines. According to scientific studies, all brands of Hib conjugate, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Rotavirus and meningococcal … Read moreIs it important to give vaccine of same brand for different doses?