Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) is hardly a household word, but the bacterium can be very nasty to young children. A vaccine was introduced in 1985, and since then rates of severe Hib infections have decreased more than 90% in areas where the vaccine is routine. Feel free to download and share without modification.
People often wonder: why give my newborn a hepatitis B vaccine, if hep B is sexually transmitted? True, it is. But it can also be contracted during childbirth by the baby from her mother (who unknowingly carries the virus). A child can even contract the hep B virus from another child via a bite to […]
I have read some alarming myths about tetanus among anti-vaccine writers. The most dangerous one is the idea that if the wound bleeds (or you pour hydrogen peroxide into it), the tetanus bacteria all die because they are anaerobic. Not even close. Bacteria are very small, and Clostridium tetani needs only a very small space […]
Rotavirus is one of the most common and serious causes of diarrhea in children. Many cases are mild, but others can be severe, leading to dehydration, hospitalization, and possibly death. “Rotavirus basically affects everybody by the time they are 5. If we took blood samples of all people, it would be rare to find someone […]
“Imagine a ship, imperiled at sea, with hundreds of children on board. Of course the international community would respond immediately and fully. Yet, each year poverty and polio steal the lives and the childhood of hundreds of thousands of Congolese children. We have the capacity and the moral obligation to save them – but do […]