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New vaccine may be able to protect infants from numerous diseases
by Missy Jaramillo
New moms and expectant mothers alike tend to have their concerns when it comes to vaccinations. Not everyone is convinced of the safety of vaccines before and after pregnancy. However, a new study shows that a certain shot may be able to protect newborns against diseases that can develop before other vaccinations are given at the two-month mark of life.
A vaccine additive is the key to keeping infections at bay, and it can potentially save millions of babies around the world annually. While there are shots available to prevent conditions, such as whooping cough in infants, they are typically not administered until the baby reaches 2 months of age. Because children are not covered until this point, they are prone to developing potentially fatal ailments. This "super vaccine" may be able to help parents maintain the health of their kids from the moment they're born.
"We want to design a super vaccine that you can give at birth and maybe even get single shot protection or maybe fewer shots needed," Ofer Levy, who studies infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School, told Voice of America. " But also by giving it early in life, you close the window of vulnerability inherent in the current shot schedule."
Babies and vaccines
Once your pregnancy calendar comes to an end, there is still much to be done about ensuring the well-being of your child. Vaccines are a standard part of maintaining the health of your infant, and they can prevent some of the most common diseases that cause death in babies. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conditions ranging from hepatitis B to polio can all be prevented through vaccines in this day and age.
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