The CDC Vaccine Schedule Review (Pt. 1): Hepatitis B
Are vaccines safe? How about giving too many to young infants? Is the CDC Vaccine Schedule too much too fast? In this series, we are going to review the recommended vaccine schedule one vaccine at a time for the benefits, risks, origins (aborted baby cells?), and more. The author of this column is not a physician and is simply sharing information, not giving medical advice. If you need medical advice, we recommend speaking to a trusted physician.
Today, we cover the first immunization on the CDC vaccine schedule: Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B can cause severe damage to the liver, sometimes leading to cirrhosis and even cancer later in life. It’s easily transmitted, too. Sharing a toothbrush, razor, washcloth, or sexual contact with another person can lead to an infection.
The disease creates too many of a certain kind of surface proteins if it reaches to the liver that can be damaging. The vaccine introduces the mechanism that creates those surface proteins to the body (not in the liver,) allowing the newborn to develop immune responses to the potential growth result of the proteins.
There are approximately 1 million infected individuals in the US right now, 22,000 new infections every year in the US, and about 2,000 people die from the infection in the US as well each year.
Ten years after the first vaccine strategy emerged, which was to only vaccinate the highly at-risk population, there was no decreased prevalence of Hep B in the US. Because of this, the government started recommending the vaccine at birth.
Today, the disease is considered to be almost eliminated in those under the age of 19.
Unlike the Hepatitis A and MMR vaccine, no fetal cells from aborted babies were used in the production of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
The only side effects known are possible soreness to the arm in the area of the injection. Anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction, is a potential side effect. One in every 600,000 injections results in this. No patients have ever died due to an anaphylactic reaction to the Hepatitis B injection.
Here’s a video on the origins of this vaccine:
What are your thoughts on the Hep B Vaccine? Any bad experiences? Do you think it is safe?
Let me know in the comments below.
Matthew – Strictly News