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Can Hydrocephalus Be Prevented With A Vaccine
Read this monograph: I have discussed this question in detail on my own blog. Go to http://surgeonwriter.com/hydrolog/ and download the free monograph HYDROCEPHALUS: An Owner's Manual. It's free. This is written for the lay person. It's brief, interesting, and informative. It's not encyclopedic, but it will answer most of your questions. Enough anyway, so you will know what to ask your doc. Good luck. ...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
Does a 9-yr-old require pre-med for dental tx if he has a shunt in his head? Mom states on med history that he has hydrocephalus- vp shunt to drain fluid from brain. Do we need to make sure he gets antibiotics before tx to prevent infection in the area (l
A few: There are a few medical reasons not to receive vaccines, Some people have actual allergies to a component of a vaccine. (pretty rare). Also people with a suppressed immune system (from drugs or illness). Those with severe reactions to childhood vaccinations should probably not have repeat pertussis immunization which is the most likely cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Most vaccines are made of "killed" or inactivated components of the viruses or bacteria that cause a disease. Some vaccines are weakened "live virus" vaccines, which do actually give you a very mild form of these virues (like measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, chickenpox vaccine and rotavirus vaccine). The viruses are weakened so the do not cause severe illness but may cause a fever or a mild rash. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Building immunity: By injecting material that is identical to the stuff that makes up the shell a germ lives in, you can trigger the immune system to make an anti-body that will attack anything that tries to invade the body dressed in that shell. This can be made new in a lab or just by killing the germ & using the left over shell. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaccines: there are many diseases which are preventable with the use of vaccinations. Some which can be included in 400 characters: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, strep pneumoniae, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, influenza, polio, human papilloma virus... to name a few. more info here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/france ...Read more
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