July 11th, 2011

All You Wanted to Know on Vaccines

Parents are constantly concerned about the health and safety of their children and take many steps to protect them. Disease prevention is the key to public health. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines work to protect infants, children, and adults from illnesses and death caused by infectious diseases. With the advent of a variety of effective childhood vaccinations, we now have a low rate of numerous fatal childhood diseases Facts • Ideally, one should follow immunization schedule, but in case baby is brought late for vaccination, she should still receive all vaccines. • Do not disturb vaccination schedule on a mild cold and cough. • Oral polio vaccine

July 11th, 2011

Do You Know about Combination Vaccines

Vaccines are effective in preventing and controlling diseases. And the fact that there are new-generation super vaccines that combine multiple vaccines into a single shot makes life easier for parents and relatively pain free for children. A combination vaccine is a vaccine that consists of 2 or more separate immunogens (elements that produce an immune response from the body) physically combined into a single product. Combination vaccines aim to prevent multiple diseases or 1 disease caused by different types of the same organism. Combination shots 1.  The MMR vaccine is a mixture of three live attenuated or weakened viruses, administered via injection for immunization against measles,

July 11th, 2011

Are You Vaccinated Against Typhoid

This is high season for all water and food borne diseases. One of the most dangerous food and water borne infections is typhoid, caused by the bacteria called ‘Salmonella typhi’. It travels through faecal contamination of food or water. About 3%-5% of patients become carriers of the bacteria after the acute illness. Some patients suffer a very mild illness that goes unrecognized. These patients can become long-term carriers of the bacteria. The germ multiplies in the gallbladder, or liver and passes into the bowel. The chronic carriers can be the source of new outbreaks of typhoid fever for many years.   Symptoms Typhoid fever may cause: • Fever (in step ladder form) • Coated

July 11th, 2011

Get Vaccinated Against Pneumonia

Pneumonia is concerns for older adults and people with chronic illnesses or impaired immune systems, but it can also strike young healthy people. Worldwide, it’s a leading cause of death in children. Pneumonia can be difficult to spot. It often mimics a cold or the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realise you have a more serious condition. Chest pain is a common symptom of many types of pneumonia. Pneumonia symptoms can vary greatly, depending on any underlying conditions you may have and the type of organism causing the infection. Adults aging 50 or more and very young children, whose immune systems aren’t fully developed, are at an increased risk of

July 11th, 2011

Get Vaccinated Against Hepatitis

 Hepatitis can cause your liver to become inflamed, swollen, and tender. It is one of the ten most important killers in the world. There are 350 million Hepatitis B (Hep-B) positive people worldwide and about one million die each year from Hep-B infections, making it the ninth leading global cause of death. Hepatitis is a disease that can be caused by a variety of different viruses such as ‘Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E’. It is characterised by jaundice, enlarged liver, fever, fatigue and abnormal liver function tests. Studies indicate that the numbers of patients dying of Hep-B each year are 10 times more than that of AIDS. It is estimated that nearly 40 million Indians are suffering

February 1st, 2010

Combat Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting a woman’s reproductive organs. Study says that nearly 500,000 women each year are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and nearly 250,000 die from it. Engaging in sexual activity at a young age is one of the factors that increases one’s risk of developing this type of cancer. HPV vaccine is approximately 70% effective in preventing the disease. Dr Kaushiki Dwivedee, senior consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology with Max Hospital, Gurgaon sheds light on this vaccine. The cells lining the cervix do not fully mature until the age of 18 and, therefore, are more susceptible to cancer causing-agents and viruses. More than 90% of

October 19th, 2009

Stay Protected with Vaccines

  In India we mistakenly believe that vaccines are for babies and toddlers only. The truth is that adults need a diphtheria-tetanus booster dose every 10 years after you turn 18. Essential vaccines in adults Hepatitis B Vaccine: Government of India has included vaccine against Hepatitis B in the National Immunisation Program. Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (0, 1, 6 months) are recommended to adults who are at risk of having Hepatitis B due to their profession, behaviour and medical conditions. Hepatitis B infection is associated with Cirrhosis of liver and liver cancer. Vaccination can prevent Hepatitis B infection. Chicken Pox Vaccine: In the month of spring instances of chicken

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