- Fevers take a toll on our daily routine by making us look and feel weak and tired all day. Popping a paracetamol pill or having a bowl of soup is the usual go-to treatment most of us opt for. What if we could bid goodbye forever to fevers by just taking a vaccine shot? Nothing like it right? Fevers are usually caused due to an infection. Along with maintaining our distance from a person suffering from an infection, refraining from consuming contaminated food and water to keep these fevers away, vaccines are also available now for specific viruses and bacteria that cause fever. Following is a list of vaccines that prevent some common fevers:
- Typhoid: If you are planning to go for an international trip, you will be asked to get a typhoid fever vaccination since parts of the world like Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia are high-risk areas for typhoid infections. Sometimes, this vaccine is given along with the hepatitis A vaccine. The typhoid vaccine protects against typhoid fever for three years, after which another shot is needed to keep up the level of protective anti-typhoid antibodies.
- Yellow fever: Yellow fever vaccination is required for those travelling to certain countries like South Africa and some other countries in Africa, where there is a high risk of transmission of the yellow fever virus. This vaccine is highly effective and provides life-long protection against yellow fever to most people.
- Hepatitis B: We all are at risk of being infected by the hepatitis B virus. This virus spreads through sharing needles and razors, blood transfusion, saliva and through breastfeeding. In some cases, the infection can be severe, leading to liver failure. The hepatitis B vaccine has been made available for children up to 18 years as well as for adults. It is especially recommended in adults with diabetes. The vaccine also reduces the risk of liver cancer, a complication of chronic hepatitis B infection.
- Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib): Hib bacteria were a major cause of diseases like pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord and brain) in children younger than five years. This bacterium mainly spreads through the air. Hib vaccine is given to children at the age of 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months. Children aged more than five do not need the Hib vaccine unless the child has had a bone marrow transplant or has sickle cell disease or a damaged spleen.
- H1N1: After the rise in cases of swine flu caused by the H1N1 virus, H1N1 vaccines have come into the market to protect against swine flu. The protective vaccine containing the medically treated H1N1 influenza virus antigens is given only to adults as of now. Since the vaccine is new, there are not enough trial studies and information about the safety of the vaccine in children.
- Some fevers are caused due to diseases that do not have any vaccinations at the moment, e.g., dengue, chikungunya, and malaria. As the microbes causing these diseases spread via mosquito bites, following simple preventive measures like using mosquito repellents and staying away from places with stagnant water can help keep these diseases away.
- If you are considering getting vaccinated with any of the vaccines mentioned above or want to know more about vaccinations, visit https://www.healthassure.in/ where you can get accurate information from expert health professionals at your fingertips. If you are down with a fever right now, get a prescription from a qualified and experienced HealthAssure expert at any of our centres in your city immediately, and bounce back on your feet.
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