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Vaccinating children prevents them from becoming ill from infectious diseases. All children can get free vaccinations against eleven diseases at BVC and girls can also receive the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer at school.

Many parents vaccinate their children without even giving it another thought. That is completely okay. But if you prefer to think for yourselves - then this site is for you. I am a specialist doctor in pediatrics and a doctoral student in pediatric vaccinations. Everything I write on this site is based on scientific fact. Feel free to ask questions if you are curious about something.

General facts about vaccines

What does a vaccine contain? Is there aluminum, formaldehyde or mercury in vaccines?
What does a vaccine contain? Is there aluminum, formaldehyde or mercury in vaccines?

There are many who have asked for a post regarding what vaccines contain. Others who wonder if there is aluminum and formaldehyde in vaccines. Another few have heard that there was mercury in vaccinations…

How does vaccination work? Flock immunity and the spread of infections.
How does vaccination work? Flock immunity and the spread of infections.

Vaccination works in two ways. Partly because every person who gets a vaccine becomes immune, and partly through flock immunity. The immunity of the vaccine provides protection to the individual to not catch the disease, while the flock immunity prevents infectious diseases from spreading in society.

Traveling abroad with infants - advice on flights and vaccines
Traveling abroad with infants - advice on flights and vaccinations

Traveling abroad with an infant requires some careful thought. Here you can read about what it is like to fly with a baby but also what vaccines the child needs and other things to think about before the holiday.

How vaccines provide immunity by stimulating the immune system
How vaccines provide immunity by stimulating the immune system

Vaccinations provide immunity, ad protection against infection, through stimulation of the immune system. You can read how the immune system works and how vaccination provides immunity. The immune system's two…

To vaccinate or not? About vaccination of babies.
To vaccinate or not? About vaccination of babies.

In the magazine Mama 2013 there was an article all about vaccinations, and whether to vaccinate your child or not. Mama let Ursula Flatters, a doctor at the Anthroposophical Vidarkliniken in Ytterjärna, speak. She said: "…

This is how a baby's immune system works - through breastfeeding and antibodies
This is how a baby's immune system works - through breastfeeding and antibodies

Facts about a baby's immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Direct from a Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a functioning immune system or not? What do the antibodies in…

BVC vaccine

The Three-month vaccine - effects and side effects
Three-month vaccine - effect and side effects

With the three-month vaccine, your child gets protection against seven different bacteria or viruses, which could cause even more diseases. The three-month vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis B, Home…

Pneumococcal vaccine for children - effect and side effects
Pneumococcal vaccine for children - effect and side effects

The Pneumococcal vaccine is one of two vaccines that children receive at the age of three, five and twelve months at BVC. It protects against the respiratory bacteria pneumococci. Pneumococci

The Triple vaccine, 18-months vaccine or MMR vaccine
The Triple vaccine, 18-months vaccine or MMR vaccine

The vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, also known as MPR vaccine or the triple vaccine, has been around since the 1970s. It is part of the Swedish general vaccination program since 1980…

Rotavirus vaccine - effect and side effects
Rotavirus vaccine - effect and side effects

The Rota-vaccine is the latest vaccine introduced at bvc in Sweden. It is a vaccine for severe gastric illness that is given orally, ie in the mouth. Rotavirus vaccine is a live vaccine, and the side effects are therefore a mini-version of the disease. Abdominal cramps, fever, a little vomiting and mild diarrhea are common side effects.

Vaccines for school children

HPV vaccine against cervical cancer
HPV vaccine against cervical cancer

The HPV vaccine is a vaccine against common viruses, of which there are many variants, so-called subtypes. HPV viruses infect on direct contact. Some HPV types cause hand and foot warts, a…

Vaccines you do not get for free at BVC

Influenza vaccine for children - side effects and for whom?
Influenza vaccine for children - side effects and for whom?

Influenza vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that sometimes becomes severe even in previously healthy ones. Usually you only get a week's waving with high fever and cough. But some b…

Pros and cons of chickenpox vaccine
Pros and cons of chickenpox vaccine

Vaccine against smallpox is effective but is not part of the Swedish general vaccination program. However, it is included in other countries' general vaccination programs, the US has vaccinated mo…

TBE vaccine (tick vaccine) and protection against ticks for babies and children

TBE in children can cause brain damage if you are unlucky. TBE vaccine or tick vaccine can be given to children from one year of age, and smaller children must be protected from ticks by other means. In this ...

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    1. Hey!

      Thanks for the comment! The whole page probably needs updating and the links are checked ... Removing this one now 🙂

      Greetings

      Cecilia

  1. I read here that the aluminum found in the first baby syringe is as large in amount as a child gets in two days if they are bottle fed. Is this really true? Not because I misread the contents of the syringe, but because it is awful if the breast milk composition contains so much that such a not completely harmless substance?

  2. Hello
    If the parent wants, is it okay to Emla before Priorix considering it is a live vaccine ?!
    What I can read up on should be completely in order, but I just want to double-check.
    Thank you and hello from a BVC nurse

  3. Hello
    I do not find any vaccination for Tuberculosis on this site. My partner is half-dry, but born and living in Sweden. Some relatives remain in Turkey / Istanbul. BVC can give our daughter the vaccine, but I think I get bad information if it really is needed? I want to know more. We go to Turkey on charter holidays like many other Swedes and to the resorts, but do not live with the husband's Turkish relatives and we have no plans to take our daughter to Istanbul when she is little. My husband goes there and lives for a few days every other year, are they at risk of coming home and infecting our daughter even though he was vaccinated when he was little? I really am in the choice and qualification whether or not to vaccinate because I do not think she is a risk group. I have called lung reception here and BVC and I don't think I get the information I want, or any guidelines on this. Hope for help here. Mvh / Johanna

  4. Hey! We have been offered our two month baby Rota vaccine. What experience do you have? What side effects are common? Grateful for answers.

    1. My experience is that since it was introduced in Stockholm County, the number of small children with severe stomach ailments has fallen sharply at the children's hospitals. Usually with “minimum sickness” the week after the vaccine as a side effect.

  5. The choice not to vaccinate our daughter when she was an infant was the most difficult thing we have ever taken and even today we do not know if we did it right. That's why I ended up here today. She is now approaching two years and we have said all along that we should then re-evaluate and possibly start the vaccination according to the usual program (but adapted to the delay in consultation with the BVC physician of course). We are rather skeptical and therefore naturally became worried after reading an article about the disadvantages of vaccine. We read a lot and weighed back and forth and it was no easy decision, on the contrary we were asleep over it.
    But I realize when I read the comments on your vaccine posts, that we, like many of your readers, received poor support at BVC. There was no information given at all about the vaccine, only "these vaccines get your child at this age thanks and hello". And this is a mere accept. There is no room for discussion or reflection. Vaccination is not given in consultation with us parents, it is only provided. I think that is a big reason that we were looking for alternative information, partly because the BVC nurse then felt ignorant. Unfortunately, it is easier to find non-scientific information, and laymen we are do not see it. We do not know how to read critically.
    Thank you so much for taking this up with vaccines and BOTH pros and cons. We shall include this in our decision.

  6. Good easily accessible information 🙂
    I would also like to read about hepatitis B vaccination that can be given in certain parts of the country at the same time as the usual vaccine at BVC. Advantages disadvantages?

  7. Thanks for the well-written and easily accessible vaccine information! It is very important to me now that the son is facing the first vaccination.

    A stupid question just from me who is needle phobic. What I understand is vaccine given intramuscularly or subcutaneously. Could vaccine be given in tablet form, as a soup or in some other way?

    1. There are some vaccines that are given as nasal spray (a kind of flu vaccine), some that are drinkable (all against bowel diseases). There are also vaccines that are pressed into the skin with a mini needle or with pressure. Your desire for more vaccines that are not given as an injection is shared by both vaccine researchers and vaccine managers at WHO and in healthcare and in states around the world. Before changing the administration method in general vaccination programs, you want to be really sure that you do not increase the risk of side effects or reduce the protective effect. Therefore, I think it will be long before the needles disappear from Swedish BVC. The research is not there yet, nor is the experience.

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