Outlined on the list of things to avoid when pregnant are things such as alcohol, changing cat litter, certain teas, raw fish, and taking ibuprofen.
One thing that should be considered by both healthcare providers and pregnant mothers is the list of cautions and adverse reactions presented on the manufacturer insert for the TDAP vaccine.
Here's an overview of what the TDAP vaccine is and some of the reactions the manufacturers have listed:
The FDA is responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medical products more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medical products and foods to maintain and improve their health.
Recently, the FDA just recalled several hand sanitizers due to the "reasonable probability of acute toxicity from ingestion which can cause central nervous system depression, which could result in death, permanent impairment, or necessitate medical or surgical intervention." Interestingly, similar reactions are listed on the manufacturer insert for the Rotavirus shot, however it has not been recalled.
Here's an overview of some of the adverse reactions from the manufacturer.
The CDC states on its website that, "before vaccines were available, nearly everyone was infected with measles, mumps, and rubella viruses during childhood. The majority of people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and therefore are presumed to be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella." In other words, if I'm currently 63 years old, then I'm not at risk for a measles outbreak because I was exposed to the wild virus as a child. This begs the question, why can't that be the case for today's children?
The short answer is "yes," but let's look deeper. Here is an overview of adverse reactions listed on the insert.
First, let's discuss what Polio is according to the CDC.
Take a second and think back to when you or your child received a medical treatment or product at the doctor's office. For drugs, you most likely received a multiple-paged sheet with all the directions, contraindications, and possible side effects. For surgery, you've had to sign some kind of disclosure that you're aware of possible negative outcomes. But what about immunizations? Did you receive anything?
The CDC estimates that during the 2018-2019 season, influenza (the flu) resulted in 34k deaths. Common symptom for the flu according to the CDC may include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
More serious complications that arise from the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections and aggregation of chronic health conditions can be fatal for those with pre-existing conditions.
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