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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!
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes-so serious that:: The side effects of the lyme disease vaccine were so serious that it was withdrawn from the market in 2002.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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meningitis vaccine : It a dead vaccine.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hi my measles IgG antibody -ve(57.35IU/L),mumps IgG antibody -ve(2.72 RU/ml),rubella IgG antibody -ve(<10 IU/ml)what should i do?can i get vaccinated?
By all means: This would be a great idea.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines again? I can't seem to find my immunization card.
Yes: Its better to be vaccinated then to be unprotected. best wishes Dr M ...Read more
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
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
No: A killed vaccine is available.Get a more detailed answer ›