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Is it safe to skip a dtap shot if my baby had a bad reaction in the past?

Is it safe to skip a dtap shot if my baby had a bad reaction in the past?

Generally NO: It depends upon what the reaction was. Fussiness, fever, or soreness are aggravating, but not overly dangerous. An anaphylactic (severe allergic) or severe neurological reaction may be the only reasons not to immunize again. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

No; confirm first!: Discuss the reaction with your doctor and then make your decision. It's likely the reaction was not due to the vaccine. The polio vaccine side effects are mild, but polio is a devastating disease. This is a case where the risk of the disease is much greater than the risk of the vaccine! i would encourage you to vaccinate. ...Read more

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I am 28 and just had the rubella vaccine. Is it absolutely necessary that I get a second shot next month?

I am 28 and just had the rubella vaccine. Is it absolutely necessary that I get a second shot next month?

Maybe not: If the vaccine is required in your state to attend school, then to avoid a second rubella vaccine, blood can be drawn to see if immunity is already established from the first vaccine. If you live in one of the 20 states that allow conscientious objection for vaccines, then none are required. ...Read more

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Is It possible to be immune to the flu ? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time i was sick other than a common cold..

Is It possible to be immune to the flu ? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time i was sick other than a common cold..

Just lucky so far: There is no natural immunity to influenza. At least half of all people your age (20) have never had overt influenza, so this is nothing unusual. You have just been lucky so far; either you never caught it, or you had mild symptoms. Flu often is no worse than a common cold. You definitely still should always have recommended influenza immunization every year. ...Read more

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I had a severe allergic reaction to the DPT vac. When i was a baby. The only thing that saved me was sulpha. Could this have caused my epilepsy?

I had a severe allergic reaction to the DPT vac. When i was a baby.  The only thing that saved me was sulpha. Could this have caused my epilepsy?

Don't understand: Sulfa would not have affected any allergic reaction. I would also question that the vaccination has anything to do with your epilepsy even if you had suffered a febrile convulsion from very high fever from the vaccine reaction. ...Read more

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My daughte got her MMR today and broke iout in hives. Is this a common reaction? If so how bad is it? Should I be concerned? Should  i halt future vax

My daughte got her MMR today and broke iout in hives. Is this a common reaction? If so how bad is it? Should I be concerned? Should  i halt future vax

1st or 2nd MMR?: Hives after MMR booster occurs rarely and have been reported to be due to traces of gelatin in the vaccine. Mmr vaccine is grown on gelatin. Hives in children with egg allergy receiving MMR vaccine is exceedingly rare. In either case bring this reaction to the attention of your pediatrician. An antihistamine may be prescribed. A referral to any allergist for evaluation may also be helpful. ...Read more

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I had a DPT shot in 1986 and was sick for the following four days; what is the probability that I will react again?

I had a DPT shot in 1986 and was sick for the following four days; what is the probability that I will react again?

Different vaccine: Before about 1992 the DPT had a whole cell pertussis component that often caused fever & swelling. It was rarely given after 5 due to its high reaction rate. After '92, a restructured vaccine has a lab designed pertussis component that changed things for the better.Now the dtap is one of the least likely to have a reaction & various forms are given to folks at all ages. I doubt you'll have a rxn. ...Read more

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I had a reaction to my allergy shot and was administered an epinephrine shot and a zyrtec (cetirizine) pill. Is it still safe to breastfeed my baby tonight?

I had a reaction to my allergy shot and was administered an epinephrine shot and a zyrtec (cetirizine) pill. Is it still safe to breastfeed my baby tonight?

Breast feeding OK: How long ago was your reaction? If you don't feel sleepy from the zyrtec (cetirizine) or your heart isn't beating rapidly from the Adrenalin you can breast feed your baby tonight. To be on the absolute safe side you can wait until tomorrow morning. ...Read more

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What to do if I had the dtap vaccine as a child in the late 1980's. now that I am a pregnant adult, do I need it again in order to protect my baby when it is born?

What to do if I had the dtap vaccine as a child in the late 1980's. now that I am a pregnant adult, do I need it again in order to protect my baby when it is born?

Tdap: In October 2012, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend that health care personnel should give Tdap during each pregnancy irrespective of the patient's prior history of receiving Tdap (or Td). To maximize the maternal antibody response and passive transfer to the infant, optimal timing for Tdap administration is between 27 and 36w gestation. Supported by AGOG. ...Read more

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My son is a month old & I got a flu shot the day I left the hosp..I'm breastfeeding only would he b protected also or no?

My son is a month old & I got a flu shot the day I left the hosp..I'm breastfeeding only would he b protected also or no?

Indirectly: The flu shot you received will help prevent YOU from getting the flu, and that will indirectly protect him because you are less likely to pass an active infection to him. This is the rationale for having family members get vaccinated...to help protect transmission to those who are not able to get the vaccine. In a couple of weeks, your body will make antibodies which will be passed through milk. ...Read more

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Should my baby have another hepatitis a vaccination if she had a bad reaction last time?

Should my baby have another hepatitis a vaccination if she had a bad reaction last time?

Seek Guidance First: Children who experience a reaction from an immunization can have symptoms that range from mild to more serious ones. In any event, if parents feel that a reaction has occurred, guidance from the provider who gave the shot should be the first step (unless life-threatening in which case 911 should be called asap). After proper evaluation, the child's provider will say whether to continue or not. ...Read more

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I got a cortisone injection last sept in my hip due to a bad back. Is it safe to get another one? Its the only thing that has helped.

I got a cortisone injection last sept in my hip due to a bad back.  Is it safe to get another one?  Its the only thing that has helped.

Yes: In general about 3 corticosteroid injections per year to a joint are safe. If the last injection was in september, it would be safe to repeat it. However, it is unclear what type of injection you are referring to. Was this an si joint injection or a hip injection? Because it is unclear why a "hip" injection would help a bad "back". ...Read more

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I had a fibroid in my last pregnancy and bled a lot; is it safe to have another baby?

I had a fibroid in my last pregnancy and bled a lot; is it safe to have another baby?

It depends: The location and type of fibroid may have an effect. You might need to consider having the fibroid removed if it is a sub- mucosal fibroid. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not necessary!: Vomiting the rotavirus vaccine is rare but not unusual. You are still safe as boosters will follow over the next 2-4 months. Contact your pediatrician if you have other concerns. Your infant is still safe and no harm will follow. ...Read more

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