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Immunology 101 Series: To Keep You and Your Baby Safe, Vaccines Are Expected When You’re Expecting

By Aimee Pugh-Bernard, PhD

True or False? A developing baby acquires protection against infectious diseases from its mother during pregnancy. TRUE! The immunizations a mother-to-be receives before and during pregnancy can help protect her newborn baby from some infectious diseases during the first few months of life.

In the eighth installment of the Immunology 101 Series, Aimee will explain the science behind immunization and pregnancy.
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Immunology 101 Series: Why Mild Vaccine Side Effects Are a Good Thing

By Aimee Pugh-Bernard, PhD

Tenderness and swelling? Good! These mild side effects tell us that the immune system is working.

In the seventh installment of the Immunology 101 Series, Aimee will explain the science behind the side effects of immunization.

Have you ever noticed that soon after you or your child receive an immunization the injection site may appear to be red and slightly swollen? These mild side effects are extremely common and occur not only after injections, but also after cuts or scratches on our skin. Although the injection site may be tender for a day or two, it is important to understand that these side effects are signs that the immune system is working. Redness and swelling tell us that our immune cells are responding to the pathogenic components in the vaccine and have begun training to provide long-lasting protection.

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Immunology 101 Series: Do Too Many Vaccines Too Soon Overwhelm the Immune System?

By Aimee Pugh-Bernard, PhD

In the sixth installment of the Immunology 101 Series, Aimee will explain why the immunization schedule begins at precisely the right time (i.e. starting just after birth) and does not overwhelm the immune system.

Have you ever taken your child to the pediatrician’s office and questioned the number of immunizations recommended per visit?  Maybe you’re concerned that your infant’s immune system is not yet ready to train against a variety of pathogens or that too many vaccines will overwhelm your child’s immune system. Whatever your concerns might be, read on to find out the scientific facts and answers from Aimee. Read more

Immunology 101 Series: What’s the Deal with Combination Vaccines and Booster Shots?

By Aimee Pugh-Bernard, PhD

In the fifth installment of the Immunology 101 Series, Aimee will explain why some vaccines are given together as combination vaccines and why some vaccines need one or more booster shots to provide complete protection. As you may recall from earlier blog posts, vaccines are created after years of research and undergo several phases of testing to be deemed safe and effective. All of this holds true for combination vaccines as well as those that require boosters – they are recommended in various forms to be safe and to provide the best protection possible.

While visiting your pediatrician or reviewing the American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Schedule, you may have wondered why some vaccines are combined and why some vaccines need one or more booster shots at a later date. The answers to these questions can be found below – read on to find out more! Read more