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A 24-year-old member asked:

what can i do to protect my lungs from pollution?

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Lung pollution: Avoid inhaling toxic air. Live where you can get good clean air. Do not smoke and live with second hand cigarette smoke. If you have allergies or asthma, treat these conditions appropriately. Avoid working where you will inhale fumes. If you use chemicals at home for projects or hobbies, make sure you have plenty of ventilation.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Avoid pollution: Minimize one's exposure to the pollution, either by staying away from the pollution, or else wearing a mask or respirator if one has to be exposed to the pollution due to a job.

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If my child gets an immunization, can he still get the disease he is protected against?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Of course, this is possible. Nothing works 100% for everyone. However, the risk is tremendously reduced. Just look at it this way - the risk of a baby born in 1911 dying by the age of 5 was 1 in 5! in 2011 its less than 1 in 200! most of this reduction is due to elimination of vaccine preventable diseases. Shots work very well - period. But nothing is 100%.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If a child is diagnosed with meningococcal disease, can anything be done to protect the other children with whom he has contact?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Sometimes antibiotic prophylaxis and/or vaccination is recommended to others in contact with a child who has Meningococcal meningitis. Talk with your physician and s/he can check with the local health department if necessary.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can children younger than age two years be protected from meningococcal disease?

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Dr. Willam Lau
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
Isolation: Isolate the infected patient routinely vaccinate all young children.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I protect my unborn baby from group b strep?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored, tested& treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. Discuss your concerns with ob.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you deal with chronic obstructive lung disease?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Depends on severity: Take medications as recommended by your doctor. Avoid smoking. Eat right, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep an active lifestyle, daily walking/exercise to prevent loss of muscle strength.

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