Five in One Vaccination for Babies
Sensible health care or sharp practice?
The government has announced plans for a new five vaccines in one injection for babies commencing October 2004.
This vaccination will protect against five well known, though thankfully today, relatively rare diseases, that are potentially devastating. It replaces the current four in one injection. The new injection includes protection against Polio.
The five in one injection protects against:
Most healthcare people say that this improved five in one injection is long overdue as the current treatment for Polio uses live Polio cells which carry a small risk of a real Polio infection. The inactivated form of the Polio Virus included in the new immunisation is much safer.
So what is the problem?
Well, none really. Concerns have been raised in the past about combining preventive jabs particularly the 3 in 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination and the present 4 in 1 because they have been preserved in a mercury based compound called thiomersal which has been linked to autism (though new research has rather disproved this). But the new 5 in 1 no longer uses this preservative so this problem does not occur.
Others have said that the Five in One injection can overload the body's immune system, but there is no evidence to support this and in fact this actual 5 in 1 vaccine has been tried in Canada for seven years without any problems.
Dr David Salisbury, vaccine expert from the Department of Health, has said: "Our vaccines are extremely safe, please do not delay in having your children vaccinated." Wise advice.
Web site: BBC News article