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A 21-year-old member asked:

i thought diphtheria had been wiped out a long time ago, but my mother says that the vaccinations are still being given. is it necessary for babies to be vaccinated?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Diphtheria is a serious disease that still occurs in other countries (meaning it is one plane ride away from us). In america, kids get vaccinated against diphtheria, and adults every 10 years with their tetanus-diphtheria boosters. So, we don't see the disease here. However, if the vaccine is stopped, the disease will be right back.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
It has appeared in groups of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, fail to immunize persons in their communities. Not smart and occasionally fatal.
Jul 6, 2013
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: As we all emphasize, the only truly eradicated vaccine preventable disease appears to be smallpox. Although some are rare, there are pockets of disease thruout the world. All it takes is one infected traveler interacting with a susceptible population to trigger a serious outbreak.

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My son had small bumps in his face-chicken bumps as they call.Is there any cream to apply to treat it.?

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