What are live-attenuated vaccines? Are they safe for children and adults? Is there a risk that you could get a disease as the result of an immunization with a live-attenuated vaccine?
These are all common questions; and, if you are wondering about the safety risks associated with vaccinations, it is good that you are doing your research. Here is a brief overview of what parents and vaccine recipients should know about live-attenuated vaccinations.
Currently, there are four types of vaccines that are approved for use in the United States. Each type of vaccine works differently, and each has its own benefits and limitations:
Although live-attenuated vaccines use a living disease-causing germ, the weakened state of the germ is inadequate to cause an infection in most people. However, individuals with weakened immune systems and certain other medical conditions may be at risk for infection from a live-attenuated vaccine. As a result, before getting a live-attenuated vaccination, it is best to discuss the potential risks with your physician.
Due to their use of live disease-causing germs, live-attenuated vaccines are among the most effective vaccines available. Unlike the other types of vaccines listed above, booster shots are not necessary for live-attenuated vaccines. Most people receive live-attenuated vaccines during childhood, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all of the live-attenuated vaccines for adults who are behind on their vaccination schedules as well.
Currently, there are five live-attenuated vaccines approved for use in the United States. These are:
The following are not live-attenuated vaccines. The diphtheria and tetanus vaccines are toxoid vaccines, and the rest are either inactivated, subunit, recombinant, polysaccharide or conjugate vaccines:
If you have experienced severe pain, limited range of motion, or other symptoms or complications following a live-attenuated vaccine injection, you should see a doctor promptly. You should also discuss your diagnosis with an experienced vaccine attorney as soon as possible, as you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. If you would like more information, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (202) 800-1711 or request an appointment online now.
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