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Vaccines important to health

January 26, 2018
Carrie Brainard , MOV Parent

West Virginia has one of the most comprehensive vaccine regulations in the nation. W.Va. schools will not allow students that are behind on their vaccinations to enter school until their records are current. Some people do not think vaccines are necessary and are fearful of the harm that a vaccine might do to their children. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health available for preventing disease and death. They not only protect the vaccinated individual, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. Some of these diseases can be life threatening if contracted such as whooping cough and Haemophilus influenza type b, Hib, which can cause brain damage, hearing loss or even death. Parents are encouraged to talk to their health care provider to ensure that their baby is up-to-date on immunizations.

Parents sometimes fear that the immunizations may have ingredients that are harmful to their child. Currently, the United States has the safest vaccine supply in its history. The United States long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible.

People are concerned about having a child vaccinated against the flu because of the fear of mercury. Only multi-dose flu vials contain any mercury at all but in such small amounts that it should not affect a child. To keep a child from any exposure to the mercury, a parent can request only single vial vaccine. Some children are allergic to egg products. It is recommended that children with these allergies should not have the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine.

It may seem overwhelming to parents as they navigate the immunization issue with their child. For more information about vaccines, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at To schedule a vaccine, contact the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department at 304-485-7374.

Carrie Brainard is part of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.



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