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Dr. Mark Diamond
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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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Can baby get TB from someone who has recieved the BCG vaccine?

Can baby get TB from someone who has recieved the BCG vaccine?

Evaluation: Individuals who are vaccinated with BCG though can still get TB, since the protection by the vaccination decreases over time, .
Babies have immature immune systems, so if there is any doubt, a TB test can be performed. ...Read more

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My baby is of 11 days and he was given BCG vaccine today now after almost 5 hours he is crying a lot. Is it the vaccination pain or something plz hlp?

My baby is of 11 days and he was given BCG vaccine today now after almost 5 hours he is crying a lot. Is it the vaccination pain or something plz hlp?

Possible vaccine: Many times with initial vaccines infants will have fussiness, crying and possible fever. Usually with subsequent vaccines these symptoms improve. Try consoling your infant, cool compress on the area where he had the vaccine and possible acetaminophen if symptoms do not resolve. If crying still persist then follow up with your baby's health care provider. ...Read more

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My baby had BCG vaccine at primary health care centre but till now there is no scar, should I repeat the vaccine or do tuberculine skin test?

No scar from BCG: Unlike smallpox vaccine, bcg does not lead to scarring. However you can consider getting a PPD test to verify the effectiveness if concerned. ...Read more

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My 6week baby who I breastfeed has a green poop for a week now. Right after BCG vaccine. Is it normal?

My 6week baby who I breastfeed has a green poop for a week now. Right after BCG vaccine. Is it normal?

Normal variation: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with diarrhea or breast feeding may have a greenish yellow or yellow appearance. The slower, more likely browner. Likely unrelated to BCG ...Read more

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Why aftr 2 month injection of BCG vaccine, the baby had blister on the left upper arm? Why it took 2 month?

Why aftr 2 month injection of BCG vaccine, the baby had blister on the left upper arm? Why it took 2 month?

Blister after BCG: Thanks for your question. The bcg vaccine contains some preservatives. Sometimes, people can have irritation in their arm from the preservative, and this can be delayed even several months from the vaccine. It's not a dangerous reaction, but I recommend that you take the baby to your primary care physician to have the arm looked at. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine if going to india for a year?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine if going to india for a year?

Bcg vaccine abroad: It will give you only false security, it is not effective in preventing tuberculosis and is not recommended
you should however all other pracautions and on your return get matoux test done and if turns positive to take prophylaxis treatment. ...Read more

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What're the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine for tb?

What're the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine for tb?

BCG VACCINE: Bcg vaccine is still being given to new born babies in several countries. It is effective in protecting againt TB meningitis in children but its effectiveness against pulmonary tuberculosis is variable
usa and holland have never used it routinely, due to surveilance with monyoux test
disadvantages except making difficult to interpret motoux test in us, and not very effective for pulmonary tuberculo. ...Read more

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Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Bcg vaccine: Bcg vaccine is a vaccine for tuberculosis. It is not used in us, but it is used in many countries where there is high prevalence of tb. To prevent childhood tb, TB meningitis and miliary tuberculosis. It should only be used in persons and children who have negative tuberculin test and are continually exposed and can not be separeted from adults who are not adequately treated, or have resistance strain. ...Read more

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How long does effect of BCG vaccine last?

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How long does effect of BCG vaccine last?

About 5 years: Positive tuberculin skin test (tst) measuring up to 10 mm lasts about 5 years. Induration over 10 mm by tst after 5 years requires additional evaluation, e.g., chest x-ray or interferon-gamma assay. ...Read more

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What does BCG in "bcg vaccine" stand for?

What does BCG in "bcg vaccine" stand for?

Bcg: Bcg stands for Bacillus Calmette–Guérin...
Calmette and Guérin are the last names for whom the vaccine is named. ...Read more

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Why isn't the BCG vaccine given in the usa?

Why isn't the BCG vaccine given in the usa?

TB is rare here: The use of bcg in areas where TB in relatively common does slow the spread of the problem. However, TB has been rare in the us for many decades & the need for such a vaccine has not shown a true benefit. ...Read more

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Is it worth getting the BCG vaccine for an adult?

Is it worth getting the BCG vaccine for an adult?

Bcg vaccine: No it is not and it does not work. The studies in us have shown it is not effective to prevent tuberculosis, it has been recommended in some of the british raaj countries, like gyana, jamaika, trinidad and others. But the effectiveness is very doubtfull. ...Read more

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Can a kid get TB even after he has been given the BCG vaccine?

Can a kid get TB even after he has been given the BCG vaccine?

Yes: Bcg vaccine given in childhood can prevent a fair amount of extra pulmonary TB in children. It has never been used routinely in the usa for a variety of reasons, only some of which are reasonable. ...Read more

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Bcg vaccine but no sign of red dot or swelling is that normal?

Bcg vaccine but no sign of red dot or swelling is that normal?

Normal no: Usually get small reaction after shot. Some might not. The natural course after BCG is after 6 to 8 weeks swelling appears that grows can exude fluid, ulcerate then scar. Now the scar is the most simple and convenient way to see successof vaccine. Rarely there might not be a scar but if there is no scar after 6 months see ur dr to do a mantoux TB test, if it is negative probably repeat bcg. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

What are the disadvantages of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

Always will be PPD+: Apart from the effectiveness debate, those who receive BCG as TB vaccine will always be ppd+ (or be hypersensitive to ppd) which can require imaging such as chest xrays to prove that there is no active disease, when previously a negative PPD would suffice. ...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