John Libbey Eurotext



Inescapable vaccines: we must not lower our guard Volume 13, issue 3, Mars 2017

Ancien chef du service de pédiatrie du CHU de Créteil
membre du Comité technique de vaccination (CTV) et ancien président du groupe des pathologies infectieuses pédiatriques de la Société française de pédiatrie et membre d’honneur de l’AFFMF
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  • Key words: vaccine pertussis, diphtheria tetanus pertussis, poliovirus vaccine, oral, vaccine, haemophilus vaccines, measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, meningococcal, pneumococcal vaccines
  • DOI : 10.1684/med.2017.180
  • Page(s) : 123-7
  • Published in: 2017

In a century, vaccines brought huge progress to humanity. A new vaccine is offered regularly, but in France, only 3 have been declared mandatory, which rightly led the public to be suspicious about the other vaccines, considered to be of little interest.

For the sake of clarity, it seems useful to prioritize the vaccines that are available.

Some vaccines are absolutely vital/indispensable, and therefore they are intended for everyone: vaccines against tetanus, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, measles and haemophilus B.

Other vaccines are very useful, but they are used for less serious diseases or for rarer diseases or they are preferentially intended for a part of the population. Others do not have a high efficiency. Among them : vaccines against tuberculosis, mumps, rubella, meningococcus, pertussis, hepatitis B and A, typhoid, rabies.

Finally, some vaccines are controversial, considered to be « non-essential vaccines » or less efficient than other methods of prevention.