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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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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Yes, : Yes, there is a pneumonia vaccine available. It is recommended for all children under five years old, with the first dose available at six weeks. There are four doses in the series, and children with certain health conditions including cochlear implants get another dose between ages two and six. From age seven to 18, the extra dose is given five years after last dose to children with functional or anatomic asplenia (no spleen) or some immune system conditions. For adults, a single dose vaccine is recommended at 65 years old. Prior to that, a one- or two-dose series is recommended for some people based on lifestyle, health conditions, other risk factors. According to the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc.Gov), in 2007 pneumonia and influenza were the #8 most common cause of death in this country, with 52, 000 deaths attributed to these two conditions. Influenza is less likely to lead to pneumonia and death when a patient is vaccinated; this is a good. ...Read more

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I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

In general, No: I matters what the details were of your allergy to Pneumovax, but generally if you had a severe reaction to the Pneumovax, most doctors would not recommend that you have the Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13. Perhaps you could give more complete details of your allergy to your present phsycian and therefor get his/hre advice on the matter. ...Read more

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Is any vaccine available to give protection against pneumoccocal pneumonia?

Is any vaccine available to give protection against pneumoccocal pneumonia?

Yes: There are 2 -the conjugate and the polysaccharide version.The latter is available for adults. Both for pediatrics.They are not perfect, but prevent a number, but not all strains. ...Read more

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How are anti rabies vaccine and booster different?

How are anti rabies vaccine and booster different?

No difference: The rabies vaccine prevents a patient from developing rabies by triggering the body to make antibody against rabies. This is given at the time of exposure (bite, bat, etc). The booster dose is the same exact vaccine and is given at day 3, 7 & 14. ...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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Is there an anti rabies vaccine and booster?

Is there an anti rabies vaccine and booster?

Yes: Individuals exposed to rabid animal receive 4-5 doses of rabies vaccine. Only those who are at high risk to rabies, e.g., animal handlers, receive booster shot. ...Read more

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HBsAg-, anti HBc IgM+,IgG- and anti HBs Ag-. Should you still get hepatitis B vaccine? No immunity, but new infection, not infectious.

HBsAg-, anti HBc IgM+,IgG- and anti HBs Ag-. Should you still get hepatitis B vaccine? No immunity, but new infection, not infectious.

Hepatitis: You do not have HepB, but do have HepC and need further evaluation to determine whether or not therapy is necessary. Yes, you should receive HepB vaccine, particularly since this history suggests behavioral risk factors. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Immunisation period of full course of anti rabies vaccine if exposure again?

Varies: Most consider a full rabies series protective for at least 2 years. Those involved in high risk occupations are encouraged to have a blood test done to verify protective levels at that point and get a booster if the level has declined. ...Read more

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Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Flu and pnumonia vac: Flu vaccine can be taken with pnumonia vaccine, if it is recommended by your doctor because of your age or medical condition you can take tham together. ...Read more

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Should kids as young be vaccinated with the pneumovax vaccine against pneumonia?

Should kids as young  be vaccinated with the pneumovax vaccine against pneumonia?

Not a Pneumonia vac: You may be laboring under the impression that this stops pneumonia. It helps build antibodies to some strains of pneumococcus but there are dozens of different causes of pneumonia this has no effect on.The prevnar vaccine targets more strains kids have a variety of infections from. A few who have a scheduled removal of their spleen would get it as kids. Otherwise its more an adult vaccine. ...Read more

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

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Could tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

Could tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

It can cause pain: Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. ...Read more

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Taken full course of anti rabies vaccine last month again exposure and received 4 doses of anti rabies vaccine exposure again then am i safe rabies?

Taken full course of anti rabies vaccine last month again exposure and received 4 doses  of anti rabies vaccine exposure again then am i safe rabies?

Depends: on whether you received rabies immune globulin or the vaccine or both, which I assume was the case. Immune globulin offers temporary protection after exposure. The vaccine induces your own antibody production. Once you have received the vaccine, you will no longer be given the immune globulin after exposure but will be given the vaccine after exposure. In other words, each exposure requires vaccine administration but only the first requires immune globulin.http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/medical_care/ ...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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Pneumococcal Vaccine (Definition)

Pneumococcal vaccine is an immunization which is a kind of ...Read more