The pneumococcal vaccine

What are the benefits of the pneumococcal vaccine? This vaccine protects against pneumococcal infections, which mostly happen in children younger than age 5 and can lead to some dangerous childhood diseases. Before the vaccine, pneumococcal infections caused more than 700 cases of meningitis, 13,000 blood infections, and 5 million ear infections in children younger than 5 every year, READ MORE

Is it true that children are better off getting chicken pox than the vaccine?

No. Catching the live virus can cause serious complications, leading to hospitalization and even death. On the other hand, getting the varicella vaccine, which contains a weakened form of the virus, increases immunity to chicken pox and helps prevent serious illness. Before a vaccine was available, there were about 4 million cases of chicken pox READ MORE