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is there a vaccine that works for covid-19 in humans yet?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Many (dozens) are in development but none are available for distribution to the public. We also don't have one for SARS,MERS, Ebola & many others.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: The first vaccine for COVID-19 illness caused by the coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) was approved by the US FDA on Dec 11 2021. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 95% effective, and has no significant serious side effects (fever and muscle soreness were common side effects). Complete protection requires two shots, 3 or 4 weeks apart. A second vaccine from Moderna also is effective and will likely be approved

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Can I be sure that vaccine safety testing has been effective and accurate?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Vaccine safety and efficacy is done in a structured scientific environment. Testing is done to ensure the utmost of safety as well. The center for disease control closely monitors and supervises their use and application. Despite self proclaimed "authorities" on the subject who may preach the contrary, vaccine safety is reliable and accurate.
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Are vaccines safe for my baby?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Overwhelmingly yes. The data on vaccines in many different formats and surveillance systems says yes, that shots are very safe for children. Combine that with the fact that they work so well in preventing deadly diseases and this really should be a no brainer for parents. Simply look at risk of death for infants in 1910 - 20% died by age 5. Majority was from vaccine preventable diseases.
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Are there any reasons why my baby can't get vaccines?

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Dr. Jane Lande
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Vaccinating your infant is extremely important and all children should be vaccinated except for the rare children with a severe immune deficiency.
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Should I worry about the sterility of vaccines?

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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: The vaccines currently in use are very safe and sterile. I have never personally encountered a vaccine that was contaminated. Rare infections can occur at the site of a vaccination, but the germs causing the infections are those found on the skin, which is why we clean the skin with alcohol before giving vaccines. I got this type of infection from a vaccine recently, but it is easily treated.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

My baby is one month and 25 days she just took the rota vaccinatin and vommited right after 2 minutes is that ok or do I have to repeat the vaccination?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Repeat if desired: A general "rule of thumb" for oral meds is any vomiting within 15 minutes loses all the med & if needed it can be repeated. Vomiting after 30 minutes not so much.I try to let a kids stomach settle for an hour or so before repeating any med. I'm not a particular fan of this vaccine & don't consider it one of the must haves.

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