Simple explanation of the immune system and vaccines.

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Thank you for this! It’s fantastic!

Since you seem pretty knowledgeable on the subject, hopefully you’re also willing to answer questions 🙂

I have a baby daughter that is coming up on 6 months old. So clearly she’s had a lot of vaccines so far in her life — at birth, at 2 months, 4 months, and then she’ll get more in a few weeks. At each appointment, she receives something like 6 different vaccines. Some people have argued that it’s better to spread out the vaccines more, instead of doing them 6 at a time, because it overwhelms the immune system.

Is there any merit to this? How does such a young, weak, vulnerable immune system handle making “armies” to fight six different infections at once? It didn’t seem to bother her at all, but it seems like it should have!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

You are amazing.  This post is amazing.  Thank you!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

iarebridezilla:  My understanding is that if you spread out the vaccines, there’s an increased risk of the child contracting the disease (essentially they are unprotected for longer than necessary). I don’t know of any studies that support fewer vaccinations at a time being more beneficial than getting them all at once, but I’m also more of a geneticist than a virologist….so if you are really concerned I’d say talk to your peditrician.  I kinda look at it as one visit with multiple shots, baby is unhappy one day. More visits to spread out the shots, baby is unhappy more days, although that might be a bit simplistic.

AnotherMrsBrown:  Awesome! I’m covering this topic with my microbiology students and I also refer to the immune system as an army of soldiers. 🙂

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

StarryNight2011:  You did an excellent job explaining how vaccines actually work!

And thank you for the explanation about how they space out the vaccines for infants. I won’t have kids for a while, but I’ve been wondering about whether doing so many at once is ok or not. It does seem like a lot for a little baby to handle, but babies are a lot tougher and sturdier than we like to think.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Thank you! It’s amazing the damage a fraud who made up a study and a stupid porn actress can do. My sister has an immune deficiency and lives in NYC, so the recent measles outbreak is terrifying. 

The worst part of that outbreak was that 3 babies died because of these idiots. The babies were too young to be vaccinated, and got exposed because of idiot anti vaxxers. I seriously hope they get prosecuted.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

StarryNight2011:  thanks! I definitely have no plans to change when DD gets her vaccines — I’ll do them as the doctors recommend — but I was more just curious about how such tiny bodies can create antibodies to so many diseases all at once. Is there an upper limit on how many we could handle at one time? Like, as an adult with a fully developed immune system, could I theoretically get vaccinated for 30 things in one day?

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow, thank you for this!

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