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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Overview)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can be used for therapy.


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Are MMR vaccinations necessary?

Are MMR vaccinations necessary?

YES IT IS NECCESSARY: Yes it is necessary to prevent MaeslesMumps&Rubella ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
1,126 doctors shared insights

Vaccinations (Overview)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can be used for therapy.


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Hib vaccine doses?

Hib vaccine doses?

2,4,6 and 15 month: Hib is given as either a 3 or 4 dose series depending on which manufacturer. If the Merck product is used only 3 doses are required. If any doses are given from Sanofi, than 4 doses are required regardless if any Merck product was used. ...Read more

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Are vaccinations mandatory?

Are vaccinations mandatory?

Yes and No: Yes, all states have some form of requirement for vaccines for a child to participate in public schools. Some vaccines are required under those rules and others are only recommended. There are still options for parents to participate in public schools without vaccinating given that they have an approved excuse, such as a religious exemption. Some jobs also require vaccination updates. ...Read more

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Had tetanus booster vaccination..Complications?

Had tetanus booster vaccination..Complications?

Nothing more than ..: Local pain at the injection site. Very infrequently, though, some individuals who get too many tetanus shot experience serum sickness-like symptoms, e.g., fever, joint swelling, and rash. ...Read more

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Dtp vaccination schedule for new born?

Starts at 2 months: DTaP Vaccine first dose is not given till the age of two months.The following is the schedule for DTaP Vaccine 2-4-6Months 3 shots 15to18months 4-6 Years Total of five doses ...Read more

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Do hepatitis-b vaccines and Hib vaccines contain 'thimerosal' cause autism?

Do hepatitis-b vaccines and Hib vaccines contain 'thimerosal' cause autism?

No: Information about thimerosal since 2001, with the exception of some influenza (flu) vaccines, thimerosal is not used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines. www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930's. There is no convincing evidence of harm caused ... ...Read more

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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Number of shots are rabies vaccination?

Number of shots are rabies vaccination?

POST exposure: ... Until the vaccine works.Previously vaccinated people should receive two doses of the vaccine intramuscularly—the first immediately, the other three days later. Rig is unnecessary and should not be given. An immunized person is anyone who has received a complete series of vaccine, or a person who has received a pre-exposure or post-exposure series of any Rabies Vaccine rabies titer. ...Read more

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Should children get flu vaccines?

Should children get flu vaccines?

No Question About It: The benefits of flu vaccine grossly outweigh any risks in preventing a serious, even life threatening disease. ...Read more

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Are hepatitis vaccines important?

Are hepatitis vaccines important?

Yes: Yes, lifetime risk of hepatitis b infection for an average human is at least 5% and its a virus that causes liver failure, need for transplnt, chronic liver disease, liver cancer and death. Hepatitis a, affects mostly adults, but can also cause acute liver failure and death and is spread by food supply contamination and poop/saliva. Hep b is spread sexually, IV drug and blood transfusion. ...Read more

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Are vaccinations fatal?

Are vaccinations fatal?

No: Vaccinations are not "fatal". Vaccinations are fine for almost everyone in the community, except a few people with immune system disorders and a few with strong allergies to the ingredients in a vaccine. Like with any medicine, any food, or any activity in life, there is always a rare, rare chance that an unpredictable fatal event happens. Such bad-luck events are like being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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Do public schools offer yearly flu shots?

Do public schools offer yearly flu shots?

Possibly: Check with your school district. Some schools may. But your pediatrician should definitely have the shot available. It is recommended that all children ages 6months and older get the shot- this really helps decrease the rate of flu and protects the most vulnerable in our society(young babies and the elderly) from contracting it. ...Read more

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Importance of vaccinating against measles?

Importance of vaccinating against measles?

Measles vaccine: Very very important. This potentially deadly disease has been virtually eliminated in the USA, but is now making a comeback because people are not routinely immunizing their children. Both from an individual health benefit as well as promoting public health the use of this vaccine is essential. ...Read more

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Is autism connected to MMR vaccine?

Is autism connected to MMR vaccine?

NOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!: After millions of dollars of research, ample proof that wakefield is a fraud, and years of misinformation, there is zero evidence of this connection. And all proof that is not. ...Read more

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Is rotavirus vaccination mandatory for every child?

Is rotavirus vaccination mandatory for every child?

No: Rotavirus is one of the main causes of diarrhea related deaths worldwide in infants & children. It is also one of the prime reasons kids in the US are hospitalized for dehydration. The vaccine has been effective in reducing these admissions within the populations that use them. However, they remain optional. ...Read more

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Is Hib or h1n1 immunization for baby necessary vaccines?

Is Hib or h1n1 immunization for baby necessary vaccines?

YES!: The hib vaccine protects babies and infants against a type of bacteria which can cause meningitis and death. When i started my medical training, it was a fairly common, and serious, infection. Due to the success of the vaccine, it is now uncommon. H1n1 is a part of the influenza vaccine which keeps patients from getting the seasonal flu and should be given to all people over 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Are vaccinations effective?

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Yes: All the routine vaccinations approved in the U.S. For use in children and adults are effective in preventing diseases. However, vaccines are not 100% effective, so booster shots are sometimes needed, and some people who are vaccinated can still catch the disease (although such cases are often much milder than if the person had never gotten vaccinated). ...Read more

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I would like to travel abroad but unfortunately had a massive immediate allergic reaction to vaccinations as a child. Are there any alternatives?

I would like to travel abroad but unfortunately had a massive immediate allergic reaction to vaccinations as a child. Are there any alternatives?

It depends on what: the reaction was. Not all vaccinations are the same and some have changed since you were younger. Please consult with your own primary care doctor or an infectious disease consultant. You may also be able to get more information and advice on Health Tap Prime. That way you can upload what vaccines you had and what you reacted to and get expert advice from one of us. ...Read more

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Please tell me what sorts of vaccinations and immunizations can I get to prevent getting sick?

Ask your doctor.: You should ask your doctor to review what vaccines you have already had, so that they can recommend any you still may need. There are many vaccine-preventable diseases, so you should make sure you've had those immunizations. You can check the American Academy of Pediatrics website for childhood vaccines and the CDC website for vaccines recommended for adults as well as certain travel. ...Read more

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Does measles require booster shots or only one vaccination for the lifetime? How often for booster if needed?

Usually not needed.: As a general rule, most adults in the United States who were either born before 1957 or who had two doses of MMR as a child will likely not need a measles booster shot as an adult. There are more details to this story, and the complete recommendations can be found at www.CDC.gov/vaccines. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about medical experience on BCG vaccination n ppd?

Can you tell me about medical experience on BCG vaccination n ppd?

See below.: BCG vaccines for tuberculosis (TB) are not done in the US. In other countries where TB is more prevalent the vaccine is done. A PPD is a skin test used here and in other countries to test for exposure to TB and to screen for infection. Many people who have had a BCG vaccine will react with a positive skin reaction if they had a BCG. In this case, a chest Xray may be done for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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If one partner has hpv vaccination and the other hasn't gotten the vaccination yet , what are the risks?

If one partner has hpv vaccination and the other hasn't gotten the vaccination yet , what are the risks?

No vaccine is 100%: effective;also,depending on which HPV vaccine was given,only certain strains are covered.So, although the partner who has had the vaccine is mostly covered, it is possible that the unvaccinated partner could contract the virus and spread it to the vaccinated partner.To increase the protection,all 11-26 year olds should have the HPV vaccine & use condoms for maximum available protection. ...Read more

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I had rabies vaccination and the injection site is red and swells. This has been a week now. Is this normal? How long should it usually go down?

This should be: checked by a doctor. Some pain and swelling and slight redness at the site is not uncommon, but these symptoms for one week could signify infection, which would need treatment. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of sore / aching pain after vaccination?

How can I get rid of sore / aching pain after vaccination?

....: motrin + warm compress. if redness worsens may be a sign of infection. more commonly though, it is a reaction to vaccination and benign. ...Read more

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My girlfriend did the first dose of HPV gardasil vaccination, the vaccination is consist of dead viruses right? So nothing to worry about?

My girlfriend did the first dose of HPV gardasil vaccination, the vaccination is consist of dead viruses right? So nothing to worry about?

Gardasil is not made: from actual viruses at all. It is made from recombinant viral-like particles, so if you are worried about transmission of the virus from having the vaccine, it is not a concern. This is a very important vaccine to get. If you are between 11 and 26 years of age (which it looks like you are), you should also have it. ...Read more

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Can the 12 month through 15 months vaccinations be split up giving a chicken pox and pcv13 at 12 months then the hib prp-omp and mmr at 15 months ?

Can the 12 month  through 15 months vaccinations be split up giving a chicken pox and pcv13 at 12 months then the hib prp-omp and mmr at 15 months
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Why ???: I see the visual of taking a kid to the office on 5-10 occasions where they have a screaming fit and become phobic about any trip to the office. You prefer that to twice, based on non-medical recommendations of a playboy bunny or other self appointed experts. I find it sad but nothing new. I've dealt with vaccine haters for 4 decades. Their pitch changes little & the kids suffer. ...Read more

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My son is 5 y old and has been vaccinated once against MMR .I want to vaccinate him the second dose but he keeps on getting sick.Is he still protected?

My son is 5 y old and has been vaccinated once against MMR .I want to vaccinate him the second dose but he keeps on getting sick.Is he still protected?

He is probably: partially protected from his initial MMR, but really does need his booster. Depending on what he is ill with, he can still get the MMR, as long as he doesn't have a fever, is not on Prednisone (steroid) and his doctor says it's ok. ...Read more

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They gave me a tetanus "booster" at the hospital. But I never got vaccinated during childhood. Is the booster still useful?

They gave me a tetanus "booster" at the hospital.  But I never got vaccinated during childhood.  Is the booster still useful?

Maybe: If you were never ever given a tetanus shot or other vaccines as a kid, you need to contact your doc & arrange follow up. You need someone to monitor your situation/wound and give you the rest of these shots. Tetanus is a dreadful way to die, as are others like diphtheria. Your hospital shot may give temporary protection, but not much. ...Read more

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I was exposed to whooping cough at work. I am vaccinated as are my two sons (4 and 10). Does my 10 year old need a booster?

I was exposed to whooping cough at work.  I am vaccinated as are my two sons (4 and 10).   Does my 10 year old need a booster?

TDAP booster: We give a TDAP booster at age 10, so if your son didnt have that recently as part of his school physical, then yes, he needs one! Good Luck :) ...Read more

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I've been bitten by my dog is it safe to breast feed my baby even if I haven't got any immunizations yet?

I've been bitten by my dog is it safe to breast feed my baby even if I haven't got any immunizations yet?

Yes, you can still: breastfeed your baby. I'm not sure what kind of immunizations you would be getting. If this is your dog and the dog had a rabies vaccine, you shouldn't need a rabies vaccine...and your tetanus should be up-to-date, but if it isn't, you should definitely get it...and you can still breastfeed. ...Read more

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How could I do with my son"s rotavirus?

How could I do with my son"s rotavirus?

How old is your son?: Rotavirus can be a serious illness for young infants,because of dehydration.Was he not vaccinated?Has he seen his pediatrician? There is no actual treatment for the virus.So in general,if he is vomiting, you need to give him small sips of fluids(the type depends on his age)& watch his urine output.For the diarrhea,if he is on solids,continue them.Talk to his doctor for futher advice. ...Read more

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11-year old having 4+ headaches a week and yesterday started having trouble saying S's. Should I be concerned?

11-year old having 4+ headaches a week and yesterday started having trouble saying S's.  Should I be concerned?

Possibly: Are you the parent of the 11yo? You should take him/her to his/her doctor ASAP. If he/she doesn't have a physician, take him/her to the emergency room. ...Read more