The vaccines available for vaccination against polio are OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) and IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine). OPV is still the preferred vaccine for most children. As its name suggests, it is given by mouth. IPV, or Inactivated Polio Vaccine is given as a shot in the arm or leg. Infants and children should be given four doses of OPV. The doses are given at 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months and 4-6 years of age. Persons allergic to eggs or the drugs neomycin or streptomycin should receive OPV, not the injectable IPV. Conversely, IPV should be given If the vaccine recipient is on long-term steroid (cortisone) therapy, has cancer, or is on chemotherapy or if a household member has AIDS or there is an unimmunized adult in the house.
- Vaccination, serum hepatitis
The term “serum hepatitis” is not used anymore. There are other hepatitis viruses that are transmitted by blood also. Would definitely call this Hep B in all contexts and remove this term.
- Vaccination, Td
Td is the vaccine given to children over six and adults as boosters for immunity to diphtheria and tetanus.
- Vaccination, varicella
See Chickenpox immunization.
- Vaccination, yellow fever
A live attenuated (weakened) viral vaccine that is recommended for people traveling to or living in tropical areas in the Americas and Africa where yellow fever occurs. Because it is a live vaccine, it should not be given to infants or people with immune-system problems. Yellow fever is an acute systemic (bodywide) illness caused by […]
- Vaccine, flu
Everyone age 65 or more; People with chronic diseases of the heart; People with chronic diseases of the lung; People with chronic diseases of the kidneys; People with diabetes; People with immunosuppression; People with severe forms of anemia; Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities; Children and teenagers receiving long-term aspirin therapy (who may […]