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Are Booster Seats Necessary
Cut the risk: The use of belt positioning booster seats have been shown to cut the risk of injuries by half. Fancy aftermarket neck pads or belt adjusters may increase a passenger's risk of injury. Early use of an adult belt is better than no restraint at all because it prevents ejection from the vehicle.However, severe injuries can result when the belt jumps over the pelvis & impacts the abdomen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When adolescents and adults are scheduled for their routine tetanus and diphtheria booster, should they get vaccinated with td or tdap?
Does measles require booster shots or only one vaccination for the lifetime? How often for booster if needed?
Usually not needed.: As a general rule, most adults in the United States who were either born before 1957 or who had two doses of MMR as a child will likely not need a measles booster shot as an adult. There are more details to this story, and the complete recommendations can be found at www.CDC.gov/vaccines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a child received 5 DTap doses (instead of the recommended 4) before age 3, do they require a booster at age 4-6?
Yes: You can consider the extra dose early just that, an extra dose. The development of immunity in the human system depends both on doses and the time interval for boosters. Depending on the age when given, some have a stronger response than others. Most infants have poor retained immunity for DTaP so it is given several times early on, with boosters beginning to spread out as they age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Employer dependent: Some employers require these immunizations as a condition of employment. Refuse the immunization, lose your job. Others may allow opting out based on religious grounds or for other reasons. The major reasons the immunizations are required is patient and employee protection. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the shower type: It isn't necessarily the shower type that matters rather the type of room that you are in. Most bathrooms are an inside room and the center of the home is typically the safest place to be. Granted, a more stable shower can also provide a lot of support, the type of tub should not keep you from seeking shelter. ...Read more
Because they work: For many years after the development of single antigen vaccines, the effort has focused on combining as many as possible into single formulations. This drive is to reduce the pain and stress of giving, receiving doses separately. Years of research have proven them safe and effective. A playboy bunny and many well meaning folks promote separating these based on junk science and speculation. ...Read more
Is it necessary to give tetanus vaccine to prepubescent kids with injuries even though they have received three shots of tetanus toxoid as toddlers?
Incomplete series: Depending on the formulation used, the cdc recommended tetanus vaccine series includes 5 doses between 6 weeks and 6 years of age. For those not receiving tetanus as toddlers, 3 doses at appropriate intervals is accepted. A dose of tdap, is recommended for 11-12 yo to provide a booster for the pertussis as well as the tetanus, and dosing with td every 10 years thereafter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Legal requirement: In new york state, vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles and chickenpox are required before being enrolled in kindergarten. Health forms prepared by your doctor is the only document that will confirm that your child received the necessary vaccines. ...Read more
What allergy masks are effective and comfortable for sleeping? Being reusable, machine washable and not requiring replacement filters would a big plus
Too good to be true: There is no mask that can be comfortable and effective yet washable. Sometimes a HEPA filter in the bedroom right above your head may help. The best approach is avoidance especially if you are allergic to dust mites. Consult an allergist. ...Read more
Yes: Booster vaccine doses are needed with almost all vaccines. The immune system does not remember a vaccine forever, or does not make adequate amounts of antibodies forever, in part because vaccines are made to be not too strong on the body, so not to cause side effects in the vaccinated person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How safe are flu shots? Are they really necessary, or is it mainly to make pharmaceutical companies money? I'm not into scare tactics for vaccinines
They're a good idea: I don't believe the recommendation for flu shots in healthy adults is based on scare tactics/making money for drug companies. As you appreciate, nothing is completely 100% safe, but flu shots are definitely more beneficial than harmful. You are in the lowest risk group as a young, healthy adult but a shot would benefit both you & those you come in contact with. A flu shot is a smart health choice. ...Read more
Do my children & i need any immunisations to live in saudi arabia? All our uk required standard nhs ones are up to date (kids are 6yo) thanks
Depends on situation: To maintain protection over a lifetime booster shots every 10 years are recommended.If you work in & around gardens & other soil based terrain on a regular basis, or have a cut after 5 years in such a setting, a booster may be reasonable.This is based on one having had the basic tetanus series in the past. ...Read more
Is any vacc being devlpd to prevent cmmn infections in kids such as crop etc or are these considered necessary evils to live with for beter immunity?
Some vaccines exist: Croup is usually caused by viral infections. The most common includes: Parainfluenza, Adenoviruses, Influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). Currently there are vaccines available for Influenza and the current recommendation by the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) is to immunize all children 6 months & older against Influenza annually. ...Read more
New carseat rec are rear-facing longer. My kids seats can rear-face til 45lbs- my kids weigh 36 but are 6&4. What is reasonable for micro-preemies?
Question unclear: If your 6 & 4 yo were micro-premies , it never hurts them to be rear facing if the seat is so designed. Protection from the forward head snap & spinal cord stretch is the primary reason for this recommendation. You can see an interesting video at www.Joelsjourney.Com reflecting the neck injury of a 35 lb boy who was forward facing. If you have new micro-premies, a car bed may be in order. ...Read more
What allergy masks are effective and comfortable? Being reusable, machine washable and not requiring replacement filters would a big plus.
HEPA FiltrationMasks: which also have activated charcoal filters are the only ones capable of removing essentially all particulate matter (down to the size of viruses) along with molecular vapor (vastly smaller than viruses). The 3M 7502 masks, with appropriate cartridges, are one of the best consumer grade inexpensive options available. No one has come up with one even close to your reusable wishes, too complex. ...Read more