Alternative flu vaccines for children

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“Natural” Inoculation Options

In the earlier part of the twentieth century, and before, a wide practice of rural, “folk remedy” inoculation involved people in the immediate family who’ve contracted an illness coming together with the rest of the family to spread it, such that everyone has a jump on the flu season. Now, this practice didn’t really gain prominence until the twentieth century, when community isolation began to rarify. But for a while, it was a practice among mothers, neighbors, and close friends with similarly-constructed lifestyles. This can still be done today, but it’s not generally recommended by public authorities because there is no oversight which can be pointed to as a controlling factor ensuring protection. Besides: it’s kind of gross.

Three Types of Official Vaccine

The primary types of official vaccines are:

  • Injectable
  • Oral
  • Nasal

You may be familiar with injectable vaccines and nasal vaccines. In extreme scenarios, there are oral vaccines as well, but you are not going to find any of these for the influenza virus. True, an oral vaccine would not be impossible to create or administer; it’s just that its overall effectiveness as an inoculation must be questioned. Oral vaccines go to the human digestive system. You may not realize it, but the stomach uses hydrochloric acid to break down components in the body. Oftentimes, that includes inert, or severely weakened, pathogens; surrogating any direct immune system interaction. This is one reason that injections and nasal options exist: they represent a more secure way of ensuring a pathogen comes in contact with white blood cells.

Injections

An injection involves a needle piercing the body swiftly and briefly. Contained in the needle is the vaccine. Only the barest amount is required, and once-administered, the body’s immune system can cozy up to it, learn its secrets, and prepare for an actual encounter with a fully healthy version of the virus. The downside of an injection is the pain itself, and the psychological fear which can accompany it. Though the pain be minimal, its prospect at the hands of an extremely sharp, pointy, sinister object can cause psychological reactions that persist into adulthood. Think about it: do you like needles? In a Pavlovian way, this kind of association in early childhood can grow to dominate a person’s life in later adulthood, putting a psychological barrier between them and medical care. But this is in rare scenarios; usually once the pinch is administered and the child realizes just how little pain was actually involved, or is remunerated with a treat, the fear is gone.

Nasal Injections

Like oral inoculation administration, nasal inoculation administration can end up being inert. Usually it is effective, and statistics indicate it is a dependable alternative flu vaccination option. However new studies have risen to call the old ones into question. It may be that human immune systems regularly exposed to nasal inoculations have become, by and large, inured to them. It may also be that certain strains of influenza aren’t able to surpass nasal ingestion long enough to come into contact with the body’s white blood cells. Whatever the case, sometimes this option isn’t as dependable as a regular injection is. That said, in most cases it is, and it works simply and painlessly. Like Flonase, or any other nasally introduced medicine, the inoculation is simply inhaled and then it goes to work.

Get Your Child Vaccinated In Time

The earlier you vaccinate, the better; but there’s a limit even to this, and it’s usually the end of winter. By springtime, travels internationally in conjunction with cyclical yearly rebirth result in new viral strains.

 

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