'Supervaccines' May Reduce Number of Childhood Vaccinations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/04

'Supervaccines' May Reduce Number of Childhood Vaccinations

Maybe you've said this, or heard it from your own parents, "this hurts me more than it hurts you".
Normally, that goes along with some punishment, but it's also true too when you have to hold your child still for a nurse to poke them with a shot.

The number of childhood diseases which parents are required to protect against is 10 and many of those vaccines come in a series of shots. We know that number is only going to get bigger as more vaccines become available, but here's the good news...researchers are hoping they can come up with new "supervaccines" that would change that course and instead combine all the existing vaccines into one shot.

Dr. Mark Weissman, a pediatrician, says, "Any opportunity to combine more of the immunizations into a one delivery method improves the ability to get'em in, and makes it a less painful or scary experience for those children."

Some vaccines are already combined in one shot. The MMR fights mumps, measles and rubella.
But researchers are trying to figure out now how to add protection against chickenpox, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B and meningitis, pneumonia, typhoid, encephalitis, diarrhea, strep and flu.

I hurts to think about all those shots on one little baby, but Dr. Weissman says new supervaccines are in the pipeline and we could see that full protection with a lot fewer shots in the next year or two.

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