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Doctor insights on: Biodefense And Bioterrorism Immunization

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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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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Is it possible to have bad adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine if the government gives it out for bioterrorism?

Is it possible to have bad adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine if the government gives it out for bioterrorism?

Yes: There is a very small , but real risk to this vaccine of developing a fatal case of smallpox from the vaccine.But in an epidemic situation, this risk is far less than naturally becoming sick. Hopefully this scenario will never occur. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

Vaccine available: A vaccine is available and you should consult your doctor to determine need for it and your suitability as a recipient. Please note that you are more likely to get hit by lightening than get anthrax from a terrorist attack. ...Read more

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What is Immunization good for?

What is Immunization good for?

Many benefits: Vaccines prevent diseases that can cause illness, disability and death. In just the last few decades, for example, the availability of vaccines to prevent infection with Hib, a bacteria that caused meningitis, epiglottitis and sepsis, has saved countless lives and prevented disability. Prior to the vaccine, one in 200 children under the age of five years developed serious Hib infection and up to 30 percent of those became permanently hearing impaired. Even with antibiotic treatment, Hib disease caused over 400 childhood deaths a year, the tip of a huge iceberg of disability. It was the leading cause of acquired mental retardation. Effective vaccination has reduced the rate of Hib disease by 99%. The current generation of parents has had the benefit of never knowing someone with polio, smallpox, measles, meningitis due to Hib, diphtheria, tetanus. Most have never seen Rubella, a common illness prior to vaccine introduction. During an epidemic of Rubella between 1964 and 1965, about 20,000 infants were born with deafness, blindness, heart disease, mental retardation, and other birth defects because the rubella virus infected their pregnant mothers. The meningococcal vaccine prevents an illness that can result in permanent and profound brain damage, lead to amputation of limbs, and can result in death very quickly. Epidemiological studies have clearly demonstrated that vaccination against influenza in the community can prevent about 23,000 deaths per year in those over 65 regardless of their immunization status, making unvaccinated children potential bioterrorists for their grandparents during a flu epidemic. Over 10,000 deaths per year from pneumonia in those over 65 have been prevented with vaccines. Effective coverage of a community with vaccination provides protection for those too fragile to be vaccinated such as those with leukaemia, who often die from vaccine preventable diseases . The cost benefits of vaccination are indisputable with figures of savings of over $25.00 in direct costs per dollar spent on vaccine development, manufacture and administration. The cost reduction approaches billions of dollars a year. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Immunization?

What are the complications of Immunization?

Immunization: For the most part these are minor (for example, a sore arm or low-grade fever) and go away within a few days. However, each immunization has potentially associated serious complications which need to be acknowledged at the time of the immunization, ie. very rare severe problems have been reported after DTaP vaccine such as long term seizures and permanent brain damage. ...Read more

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Longlasting effects of childhood immunization?

Longlasting effects of childhood immunization?

Good Health: The oldest current standard immunization is from the mid-20th century. There are no known serious long term side effects. The long lasting effects are less disease, healthier children and millions--that's right-- millions of lives saved! ...Read more

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What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

Immunization : The 1st shot your baby will receive is the 1st Hepatitis B vaccine before leaving the hospital, 2nd Hepatitis B at age 1 mos, then Dtap, Ipv & Hib ( pentacel), pcv & rota virus vaccine all at age 2 mos, next set of sts ages 4 & 6 mos. I hope that answers your questions. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

Immunization: the first immunization that a baby receives is the hepatitis B vaccine. More information about vaccines can be found http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/ -- details which vaccines are given at each visit and details about each vaccination. ...Read more

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Could I have the HPV immunization twice?

Could I have the HPV immunization twice?

Series is 3: The full series of this vaccine includes 3 doses. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Biodefense And Bioterrorism (Definition)

Biodefense and bioterrorism refer to activities around preventing and detecting malicious acts involving the use of bacteria, or other biologic agents. The use of mailed anthrax in 2001 was ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Biological Weapons (Definition)

Biological weapons is a term for infectious diseases being used as weapons to disable, ...Read more