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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Who should get the Lyme vaccine?

Who should get the Lyme vaccine?

No one (unavailable): The lyme vaccine was taken off the market in february 2002 (after being introduced in 12/98) due to poor sales and controversy regarding its safety. There is research being done on new vaccines and a safe vaccine would be a good idea for many people who live in areas where lyme disease is common. ...Read more

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Where to get rabies antibody titer?

Where to get rabies antibody titer?

Rabies: An antibody titer against the rabies virus can be sent by your physician after immunization. This is not generally done with the current vaccine but was done in the days when we used the duck embryo-based vaccine. ...Read more

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Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate in theory: Conjugating the Meningococcal capsule polysaccharide to a protein backbone makes it useful in children less than 2years and facilitates immunologic memory but there are no head to head efficacy trials. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Any serious Lyme vaccine-side effect?

Any serious Lyme vaccine-side effect?

Yes-so serious that:: The side effects of the lyme disease vaccine were so serious that it was withdrawn from the market in 2002. While only a small percentage developed serious side effects like arthritis and flu-like symptoms and it is not clear to what extent they were caused by the vaccine, t here were class-action lawsuits& bad publicity, sales plummeted and the manufacturer withdrew it from the market. ...Read more

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Hib vaccine doses?

Hib vaccine doses?

2,4,6 and 15 month: Hib is given as either a 3 or 4 dose series depending on which manufacturer. If the Merck product is used only 3 doses are required. If any doses are given from Sanofi, than 4 doses are required regardless if any Merck product was used. ...Read more

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Is there a Lyme disease vaccine?

No: They took the vaccine off the market because of the side effects. ...Read more

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Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Not really: As a live attenuated vaccine, we avoid them in immunocompromised people. Most people have been immunized with MMR as children anyway but if an HIV infected person who is susceptible to measles is in the midst of a measles outbreak, the measles vaccine is way better than wild type measles. ...Read more

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Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Is meningitis from Lyme disease contagious?

Both rare: Lyme is from an agent acquired from tick bite. The bite causes a local irritation and then progresses to a more total body invilvement, . Meningitis is very rare. The tick can infect others, but the sick patient is not contagious. ...Read more

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Do hepatitis-b vaccines and Hib vaccines contain 'thimerosal' cause autism?

Do hepatitis-b vaccines and Hib vaccines contain 'thimerosal' cause autism?

No: Information about thimerosal since 2001, with the exception of some influenza (flu) vaccines, thimerosal is not used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines. www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930's. There is no convincing evidence of harm caused ... ...Read more

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Any concerns about hepatitis b virus vaccination series:?

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Any concerns about hepatitis b virus vaccination series:?

Not really: Hepatitis B vaccination has been proven very effective and safe! ...Read more

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Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Dose dependent: This judgement has to be made by the provider. Technically low dose Methotrexate is not considered a contraindication to receiving the shingles vaccine. But only your provider will have a full picture of your immune status. Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and not given to those with significant immunosuppression. ...Read more

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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more