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Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) is hardly a household word, but the bacterium can be very nasty to young children. A vaccine was introduced in 1985, and since then rates of severe Hib infections have decreased more than 90% in areas where the vaccine is routine.
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Rotavirus is one of the most common and serious causes of diarrhea in children. Many cases are mild, but others can be severe, leading to dehydration, hospitalization, and possibly death.

“Rotavirus basically affects everybody by the time they are 5. If we took blood samples of all people, it would be rare to find someone who has not had rotavirus.” – Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventor of RotaTeq vaccine

“This is good news for children everywhere. Development of a safe and effective rotavirus vaccine has been a worldwide priority since the virus was discovered in the 1970s. It became clear at that time that it was one of the major killers of children, and there was no effective treatment.” – Dr. David Matson, who led the trial of the RotaTeq vaccine 
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I suffered from a bout of chicken pox as a child, and maybe you did too. Any day I may have the virus reawaken and subject me to the agony of shingles. Fortunately, our kids needn’t deal with this agonizing itch and pain—or possible hospitalization/death—thanks to the varicella vaccine. http://dawnsbrain.com/varicellachickenpox-infographic/
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"Imagine a ship, imperiled at sea, with hundreds of children on board. Of course the international community would respond immediately and fully. Yet, each year poverty and polio steal the lives and the childhood of hundreds of thousands of Congolese children. We have the capacity and the moral obligation to save them - but do we have the will?" - Actress Mia Farrow, polio survivor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (February 2012)
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I thought polio was only left in Pakistan or somewhere around there?
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People often wonder: why give my newborn a hepatitis B vaccine, if hep B is sexually transmitted?

True, it is. But it can also be contracted during childbirth by the baby from her mother (who unknowingly carries the virus). A child can even contract the hep B virus from another child via a bite to the arm. Infants are very likely to develop chronic liver disease from the virus.

This is why medical staff give babies a hep B vaccine within the 24 hours following birth—with boosters at 1 month and 6 months of age.
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I have read some alarming myths about tetanus among anti-vaccine writers. The most dangerous one is the idea that if the wound bleeds (or you pour hydrogen peroxide into it), the tetanus bacteria all die because they are anaerobic.

Not even close. Bacteria are very small, and Clostridium tetani needs only a very small space to live, breed, and distribute its endospores and nerve-damaging toxins. They are indeed anaerobic, but they easily hide away from oxygenated blood and hydrogen peroxide when they get inside us. This is possible whether the wound is deep or shallow.

Proper wound care is important, but be sure to consult with a medical professional. That person will probably tell you to keep up-to-date on your tetanus inoculations—and if you get scratched or punctured with something that has been in contact with soil, dust, or manure/feces, get a tetanus immunoglobulin (TIG) shot immediately.
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“Childhood vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. Indeed, parents whose children are vaccinated no longer have to worry about their child’s death or disability from whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis, or a host of other infections.” – Ezekiel Emanuel MD, American bioethicist 
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The pertussis vaccine has been in the news lately because of what has been described as “fading protection”. It is important to note that “Among children who get all 5 doses of DTaP vaccine on schedule, effectiveness is very high within the year following the 5th dose — nearly all children (98 out of 100) are fully protected.” It’s especially important to get a booster if pregnant. SOURCE: 
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This is a collection of the infographics I have designed about infectious diseases. Feel free to download and share without modification.
This is a collection of the infographics I have designed about infectious diseases. Feel free to download and share without modification.
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THIS IS GREAT DAWN!!!
I've been looking for resources to share with the content people @ my agency & this is exactly what they need. I'll be sharing this with them from now on & I'll pass along any feedback they may have. Thanks soo much!
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