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which vaccination will help me not catch an influenza, cold, or flu?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
FLU shot: The flu shot will help to prevent you from getting influenza/flu but will not protect from colds.

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Can getting multiple, simultaneous vaccinations overwhelm my child's immune system?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
No: Everyday your child is exposed to thousands of antigens (or germs) and makes protective antibodies against these. During any combination of vaccines on the aap recommended vaccination schedule your child is only exposed to 150 antigens. This will not overwhelm their immune system. The schedule has been made by experts and is made for the safety of your child to protect them from illness.
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What are the benefits and downfalls of delaying my child's vaccinations?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No benefits: Delaying your child's vaccinations will delay protecting your child from diseases that are waiting for them. That leaves them at risk. If your child is otherwise healthy, he/she should get them. No benefits in delaying vaccinations, unless your child has a fever, the flu, or a serious illness.
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When should I start scheduling vaccine appointments?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Before leave hosp: Make appointments for your first few well-baby checks (including the 2 month visit, when most office vaccine schedules begin), while you're still in the hospital.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What vaccinations must a child have during his first year?

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Dr. Julia Stanford
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Read further...: Dtap, ipv, hib, hep b, prevnar, (pneumococcal vaccine) rotavirus. Then at 1 year of age children should get their MMR and varicella vaccines.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long does the normal flu virus live in the body after symptoms subside?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not long: As you recover from influenza the body is building antibodies which attack and kill the virus.

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