The benefits of vaccines are widely known, but there are still some questions about them that come up as people try to determine whether they’re going to get them or not.
One thing that’s important to know if you’re going to receive a vaccine is what type of vaccine you’re receiving. There are a few different types of vaccines that are common. Each vaccine works in a different manner and has different contraindications, which is why it’s important for medical professionals to ask about your medical history and similar factors before providing you with the vaccine.
What are the main types of vaccines?
There are five primary types of vaccines that are used for humans:
- Conjugate vaccines: These help to fight bacteria. An example is the HiB, or Haemophilus influenza type B vaccine.
- Live, attenuated vaccines: These fight bacteria and viruses. They contain a live, weakened version of the bacteria or virus it fights. The chickenpox vaccine is an example. These can’t be given to people who have a weakened immune system.
- Subunit vaccines: These fight bacteria or viruses but include only a portion of them instead of the whole germ. An example is the pertussis vaccine.
- Inactivated vaccines: These can fight bacteria and viruses but they don’t contain any live components of them. People may need more than one dose for full effectiveness.
- Toxoid vaccines: These fight against the toxins produced by some bacteria by teaching the body how to fight them. The tetanus shot is an example of one.
It’s possible that some patients will suffer from adverse reactions when they receive a vaccine. Some of these are rather horrific and preventable/ Making a claim for a vaccine injury must be done quickly. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with vaccine cases is beneficial if you decide to take legal action.