Updates: Vaccines & Medications

updates on vaccinations and medication research

It's the end of summer ... and in the health world... that means the beginning of flu season.
What's new this year is that many doctors will not offer the nasal spray vaccine after studies showed it does not protect against many strains of the flu virus.
What researchers found was that the nasal spray vaccine effectiveness among children 2 to 17 was 3 percent last year.  And that's compared to 63 percent effectiveness for the injected vaccine.
As always, pediatricians recommend the flu vaccine for children over six months old.
And it's not too early to get your child vaccinated, but doctors are encouraged to begin offering the shot no later than October.

When it comes to antibiotics, children exposed early in life ... may be more likely to develop allergies in the future.
A British study found taking just one course of antibiotics before the age of two -- increased the risk of eczema to 41-percent.
It also increased the risk of hay fever o 56-percent.
The reason for this? Well, researchers say antibiotics may disrupt gut bacteria which can lead to reduced immune responses.

And we rarely hear anymore about those awful red, itchy blotches that were once a normal part of childhood.
Doctors credit the decline in chickenpox with two doses of the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an 85-percent drop in cases since 2006, which is when doctors began routinely recommending that second vaccine.
Chickenpox can be quite dangerous for some people -- especially babies and those with a weak immune system.
The vaccine is effective -- but -- it does not prevent every single case.
Doctors say those who do get the illness even after vaccination tend to get a milder version.
The CDC recommends kids get their first dose just after their first birthday... and the second between 4 and 6 years old.

(NBC Contributed)

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