Why some vaccines are optional?

Some vaccines are optional in contrast to the mandatory vaccines which should be given essentially to all the children of certain age group. Optional vaccines are the vaccines which are not made compulsory by the government, to be administered to each child. Parents can decide on these vaccines after discussing with their doctor. Decision can … Read moreWhy some vaccines are optional?

What is the difference between Synflorix and Prevnar?

Prevnar13 (Pfizer) and Synflorix (GSK) both are Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines indicated for active immunization of infants and children from 6 weeks up to 5 years of age against invasive Pneumococcal diseases. Prevnar protects against 13 common types whereas Synflorix protects against 10 common types of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Both Prevnar 13 and Synflorix are better than … Read moreWhat is the difference between Synflorix and Prevnar?

Why DTP vaccine is always given together?

 DTP vaccine is a combination vaccine given to prevent Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis. All the 3 vaccines are identified as mandatory vaccines. So, it makes sense to give them together to reduce the no. of pricks. Sometimes. Pertussis component, if whole cell is used, may produce some allergic reactions. In those cases, acellular Pertussis or … Read moreWhy DTP vaccine is always given together?

Has evolution gone wrong due to which human babies require vaccination?

No, I don’t think evolution has to do anything with stress on vaccination these days. Other species of animals, coming under the humans in the evolution tree, live life given by god as it is. They live till they are healthy, die when become sick. They can’t apply brains to increase their life span by … Read moreHas evolution gone wrong due to which human babies require vaccination?

Are painless vaccinations effective?

Painless vaccines refer to DTP vaccine with acellular Pertussis component (DTaP). DTaP fails to prevent transmission and spread of Pertussis among  people as it does not prevent Pertussis from entering and living inside the airways of vaccinated persons. So, the vaccinated persons are themselves immune but can still spread the disease to non vaccinated people … Read moreAre painless vaccinations effective?

What are booster shots and why are they needed?

Vaccines provide our body with memory antibody reserves which tend to decline over a  period of time. Infections which have the ability to progress very quickly to become a disease, does not give our memory immune response, enough time to prevent a disease. We need to have booster shots to prevent these diseases. Booster shots … Read moreWhat are booster shots and why are they needed?

Is Prevnar 13 significantly better than Prevnar and Synflorix?

Both Prevnar 13 and Synflorix are better than the older Prevnar which provides protection against only 7 serotypes. With Prevnar 13, one gets protected against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria and Synflorix protects against 10 types. There is no clinical data available till now to prove which of the two, Synflorix vs Prevnar13 is better … Read moreIs Prevnar 13 significantly better than Prevnar and Synflorix?