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Vaccinations, as recommended by the CDC

on October 1, 2008


Measles, mumps and polio may sound like plagues of days long past, but they are among the infections that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to hold at bay to this day through required and recommended immunizations, for children and adults alike. 

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Bacterial infection that can initially cause a sore throat, fever and chills and lead to heart failure or paralysis. It is spread through coughing and sneezing. Through the 1920s, about 150,000 people in the U.S. contracted it and about 15,000 of them died.

Hepatitis A
Viral infection that affects the liver. It is found mainly in bowel movements and spread through personal contact or through contaminated food or water. It causes fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice and possibly liver failure.

Hepatitis B
Viral infection that affects the liver. It is transmitted through contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. It can cause loss of appetite, tiredness, muscle or stomach pains, diarrhea or vomiting and jaundice.

Hib disease
Bacterial infection that can cause meningitis, pneumonia, epiglottis, arthritis, brain damage and possibly death. It is spread through coughing, sneezing and breathing.

What it does: A seasonal, viral illness with symptoms including fever, sore throat, cough, headache, chills and muscle aches. Complications can include vomiting, diarrhea, ear and sinus infections, pneumonia, inflammation of the heart and death.

A viral illness that can cause rash, fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye, pneumonia, myocarditis and death. It is spread by breathing, coughing and sneezing. Before a vaccine was introduced, it killed 450 people annually and led to complications including seizures and brain damage in thousands.

A viral illness marked by swollen cheeks, fever, headache, tiredness and muscle pain. It can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, inflammation of the testicles or ovaries and deafness. Before a vaccine was available, 152,000 cases were reported every year.

Pertussis (Whooping cough)
A bacterial illness that can cause severe cough, runny nose, fever, pneumonia, seizures, brain disorders, ear infection and death. It is spread through personal contact, coughing and sneezing. It once infected nearly 150,000 people annually, and today continues to infect 25,000 people every year.

Pneumococcal disease
A bacterial infection that can cause meningitis and blood infections. It is spread through the air and most common in winter and early spring. African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives and children with conditions like sickle cell anemia and HIV are most susceptible.

A viral infection that may have no symptoms but can cause sore throat, fever, nausea, paralysis and death. Polio has been eradicated in the United States but is common in other parts of the world.

What it does: A viral infection that causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever. It is responsible for 20 to 60 deaths every years and more than 2 million cases of gastroenteritis.

A viral infection that causes rash, fever, tiredness, encephalitis, arthritis and hemorrhaging. Unborn babies who contract rubella may be born deaf, blind, with a damaged heart or small brain.

A bacterial infection that is spread from bacteria in the soil, dust or manure through breaks in the skin. It can cause crankiness, spasms of the jaw muscles, stiffness in the neck, difficulty swallowing, rigid abdominal muscles, fever, broken bones caused by muscle spasms and death.

Varicella (Chickenpox)
A viral infection that causes an itchy rash all over the body, fever and drowsiness. Blisters can become infected and some children get encephalitis. In later years it can lead to shingles.

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  6. Dr. Harris Meyer on December 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Okay, when the CDC begs us protect our health, we need to search for the reasons and opposing views. I have a Wellness Practice in San Francisco, Body Focus Health Center, where I strongly encourage people to do their own research and make their own educated decisions about health care.

    In Sept. 2007, the SF Chronicle published an article explaining how the CDC had campaigned for the senior population (>65) to get flu shots starting in 1980. The goal: reduce flu-related death in the frail elderly. In 2006, 70% of that group was getting the shot compared to on 15% in 1980. And the change in death rate: 0%! Despite the clear lack of effectiveness (and inherent dangers of the shot), they changed the recommendations to all those >50, pregnant women and children 6 mos.-5yrs. Hmmm. I know it’s not the flu shot you’re focused on here but this is more news you should be aware of:

    I’m not completely anti vaccine but I don’t just get them because I’m told to. We need to research the chemicals we’re going to put in our bodies.

    Use other sources too but here’s perhaps the most important organization you should look into: NVIC, National Vaccine Information Center. On the web,

    Good luck in all your future medical decisions.

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