We have all heard the slogan or seen the Gardasil commercial, "your child could be one less at risk for certain HPV-related cancers and diseases." If you click on their website, you will be prompted to "help protect them with the HPV vaccine." As a parent, it can sometimes feel like you are playing the odds. We know that vaccines can efficiently work in a vast majority of the population. Yet, it does not work every time on every person. Side effects for Gardasil can vary in terms of severity, from soreness at the injection site to developing neurological illnesses. You need to evaluate if the risks outweigh the benefits for your family.
For people who may already be reluctant to get a flu shot, this year's shot isn't offering much encouragement. Initial reports seem to indicate that the shot may be less effective than hoped. The shot's apparent weakness stems from predictable reasons having to do with virus mutation, and also the imprecise science of creating a vaccine in the first place. But another part of the vaccine's weakness this year seems to be coming from a problem inherent in growing the virus in chicken eggs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new shingles vaccine that promises to be more effective and long-lasting than Zostavax, the only other shingles vaccine currently on the market.
Many people get vaccines and suffer no consequences. But that's not true for everyone. Some people get sick--very sick, and some become permanently disabled after getting a vaccine.
After decades of studies showing the flu vaccine to be safe for pregnant women, a new study is raising some doubt for women who have had multiple flu shots. A new study conducted at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin and reported in the journal Vaccine has shown an association between women getting a specific type of flu vaccine two years in a row and miscarriage. Given the limitations of the data and the relatively small number of women in the study, however, it is too early to know if the results reflect a real biological association between vaccination and miscarriage, or if the women in the study who miscarried did so for other reasons.
Flu season is on the way, and soon many people will be lining up to get their yearly flu shots. While flu shots can prevent this common illness-- which can be particularly devastating for older people and those with compromised immune system -- it's worth remembering that flu shots are not without their risks.
Thimerosal is a preservative that is used in vaccines to prevent growth of harmful bacteria. While thimerosal has been in use in vaccines since the 1930s, some are concerned about the preservative because it contains mercury. For this reason, thimerosal is being used less often in newer vaccines, and has not been used in children's vaccines since 2001. Thimerosal, however, has never been banned by the Federal Government. Its use in vaccines has been limited by legislation in some states.
Shoulder pain is one of the most common types of vaccine-related injuries. But a new vaccine delivery method could make those injuries a thing of the past. That's because a new microneedle patch could, if widely adopted, eliminate the need for medical professionals to use needles when administering vaccines.
Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration are the most common injury reported at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). These injuries occur as a result of a combination of physical damage from the needle and inflammation response triggered by the vaccine itself.
In order to travel, whether for a backpacking trip with friends or to study abroad, you need to get vaccinated. Even when visiting common vacation destinations such as Cancun or the Bahamas, the CDC recommends that you get routine vaccinations and additional vaccinations for common diseases in the area, such as typhoid or hepatitis.