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Vaccines for children

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Vaccinating children protects them from serious infectious diseases. Every child can receive free vaccinations against eleven diseases at the children’s medical center in Sweden. Girls can also receive the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer at school as well.

Many parents vaccinate their children without even thinking about it. That’s fine. But for those who prefer to do their own research, then this website is for you. I am a Pediatric Specialist with a PhD in childhood vaccinations. Everything I write on this page is based on scientific facts from extensive research. Feel free to contact me if you want more information.

General on vaccines

How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies
How a baby’s immune system works – about breastfeeding and antibodies

Facts about the baby immune system, antibodies and breastfeeding. Written by Professor of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. Do newborn babies have a functioning immune system or not? What good is …

How do vaccinations work? Herd immunity and the spread of infections

Vaccination works in two ways. One, every person who receive vaccines become immune to the disease they are vaccinated against. Two, vaccinations protect the society through herd immunity. The immunit…

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

Vaccinations provide immunity or protection against infections by stimulating the immune system. How the immune system works and how vaccination provides immunity can be read here. The two parts o…

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? About vaccinations for babies.

There has been a lot of debate about whether to vaccinate your baby or not. Here is a take on what Ursula Flatters, a physician at the anthroposophical Vidar clinic in Ytterjärna, said: “Some par…

What’s in a vaccine? Are aluminium, formaldehyde or mercury present?
What’s in a vaccine? Are aluminium, formaldehyde or mercury present?

You are one of many who have asked for a post about what’s in a vaccine. Others wonder why it contains aluminum and formaldehyde. A few more have heard that mercury is added as a preservative. And wha…

Immunisation program

Pneumococcal vaccine in children – efficacy and side effects
Pneumococcal vaccine in children – efficacy and side effects

Pneumococcal vaccine is one of the two vaccines given to children at three, five and twelve months of age at the children’s medical center in Sweden. It protects against the respiratory bacterium pneu…

Rotavirus vaccine – effectiveness and side effects
Rotavirus vaccine – effectiveness and side effects

Rotavirus vaccine is the latest vaccine introduced to the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is a vaccine against severe gastroenteritis that is given orally. Rotavirus vaccine is a live vaccin…

Three-month vaccine – efficacy and adverse reactions
Three-month vaccine – efficacy and adverse reactions

The three-month vaccine gives your child protection against seven different bacteria or viruses. If your child is not protected against them, they are likely to cause even more diseases . The three-mo…

Triple vaccine, 18-month vaccine or MMR vaccine
Triple vaccine, 18-month vaccine or MMR vaccine

The vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, also known as MMR vaccine or triple vaccine, has been in place since the 1970s. It has been a part of the Swedish National Immunization Program since 19…

Vaccines for schoolchildren

HPV vaccine against cervical cancer
HPV vaccine against cervical cancer

HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is a vaccine which prevents most types of HPV that cause HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women. HPV is transmitted by direct contact. Some HPV types caus…

Vaccines that you don’t get for free at the children’s medical center

Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?
Flu (influenza) vaccine for children – side effects and for who?

Flu (influenza) vaccine protects against influenza. Influenza is a viral disease that can become severe, even in healthy people. Usually you only get a week of high fever and cough. But some children …

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

TBE in children can cause brain damage, if you’re unlucky. TBE vaccine or tick vaccine can be given to children from one year of age, and smaller children must be protected against ticks in other ways…

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

The chickenpox vaccine is effective but is not included in the Swedish National Immunization Program. It is, however, included in other countries’ general vaccination programs. The United States has b…

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