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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months.will she get the mumps too? she still didn't get the MMR vaccine

I have the mumps and my daughter is 8 and a half months.will she get the mumps too? she still didn't get the MMR vaccine

Likely: Your daughter has likely been fully exposed to the mumps virus from before you knew you were ill. She will likely have it. The MMR is seldom given before a year of age except when a person will travel in a country with a lot of mumps. ...Read more

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I've never had the chickenpox (proven through bloodwork last week) so they gave me the vaccine. Can i get shingles still? Or the chickenpox?

I've never had the chickenpox (proven through bloodwork last week) so they gave me the vaccine. Can i get shingles still? Or the chickenpox?

Yes: The recomendations for this vaccine include 2 doses at least a month apart as only 80%+ are protected by 1.The 2nd dose will bring that up to 95%+. Even with 2 dosses there is a minor risk of cpx but if it happened it would most likely be mild.The vaccine is a weakened form of the cpx virus, and cases of shingles have occurred after its use, but at a lower frequency than wild cpx. ...Read more

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Son will get a live chickenpox booster vaccine soon. I've had pox twice, apparently my immunity to it is low. Will I catch it from HIS live vaccine?

Son will get a live chickenpox booster vaccine soon. I've had pox twice, apparently my immunity to it is low. Will I catch it from HIS live vaccine?

Unlikely to matter: If the kid did develop a mild rash & illness the agent would be the weakened vaccine virus and not wild chickenpox. If you were exposed to that strain it would be a free booster to whatever immunity you have. Many who think they had it twice were mislabeled in the past & had a variation of hand foot mouth syndrome, which looks similar. ...Read more

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If my child gets the MMR vaccine and my baby and myself aren't vaccinated, can we catch measles from her just getting vaccinated?

If my child gets the MMR vaccine and my baby and myself aren't vaccinated, can we catch measles from her just getting vaccinated?

No: MMR given to child will not risk you and baby from getting the clinical measles disease. If you have not gotten the vaccine before, should get it now to avoid disease. Baby to get it at appropriate age 12-15 months. ...Read more

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Can I get chickenpox if I was given the vaccine as a child?

Can I get chickenpox if I was given the vaccine as a child?

Yes: A single dose in childhood protects about 85% of recipients while 2 doses at least a month apart brings it up to >95%. Rarely, one could still get it but the partial protection provided by the vaccine series (2) would decrease the risks of a hard case marked by chickenpox pneumonia or other major complications. ...Read more

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How long will my arm be sore after getting the gardisil vaccine?

How long will my arm be sore after getting the gardisil vaccine?

24 hours: Arm soreness can occur with any vaccination but typically it resolves within 24 hours. Sometime the soreness may last for 2-3 days ...Read more

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Can a child vomit after getting the flu vaccine shot?

Can a child vomit after getting the flu vaccine shot?

Yes: People who are sensitive to vaccines or the adjuvants in them can react and vomiting is a possibility . It is more likely to be associated with the vaccine reaction if it occurs right after or within 24 hours in my experience. Some people experience fever, fatigue, irritability, or just not feeling well after vaccines. ...Read more

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How long after having antibiotics does my baby have to wait before getting the MMR vaccine?

How long after having antibiotics does my baby have to wait before getting the MMR vaccine?

Until no longer ill: I hope your baby is at least 12 mos. Old as children should not get MMR before this. It is advised to not get it if currently ill so hopefully he/she is fully recovered before getting this. For detailed info on the MMR vaccine see http://www.Nvic.Org/vaccines-and-diseases/measles.Aspx don't get other vaccines at the same time. To read my essay on vaccination pros and cons: http://bit.Ly/16rdegh. ...Read more

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I just received the first shot of the hepatitis vaccine series. Can i still safely breastfeed my baby?

I just received the first shot of the hepatitis vaccine series. Can i still safely breastfeed my baby?

Yes: There is no passage of any detrimental material that we know of into the breast milk from any of the material in any of the hepatitis shots, either a or b. ...Read more

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Could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Could a child who has had the MMR vaccination still get the mumps?

Mumps after MMR: Probably only happens if the vaccine didn't "take". That means the vaccine is a weak virus that may not have survived until it was injected due to vaccine handling or host (patient) factors. ...Read more

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Can you give chicken pox to a pregnant mother who hasn't had it but had the vaccine? I've got the shingles.

Can you give chicken pox to a pregnant mother who hasn't had it but had the vaccine? I've got the shingles.

Maybe: A single dose of the vaccine protects 85% while 2 doses brings that up to 95%. If she had the vaccine she is likely protected, but some risk remains. Shingles patients do not pass the germ in the air or saliva like chickenpox, the only infectious material comes from the sores.Simply covering the weeping sores and practicing good hand washing can reduce anyone's risk of germ transfer ...Read more

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How come i need the varicella vaccine when i already had the chicken pox?

How come i need the varicella vaccine when i already had the chicken pox?

Vaccine: Most of us who had chicken pox at a young age have lifelong immunity. A simple blood test can be done to confirm this. If the test shows no immunity, the vaccine is given. If no test is done, there is no harm in receiving the vaccine. I would, however, make sure it was the chicken pox vaccine you were given and not the shingles vaccine, which is more commonly given in the older age range. ...Read more

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Could my child have measles if he broke out in a rash after getting the MMR vaccine?

Could my child have measles if he broke out in a rash after getting the MMR vaccine?

NO: The rash is a "normal" reaction occurring in maybe 1-2% of the vaccination given. It is not the disease. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and I never got the chicken pox or the vaccine, should I get the vaccine?

I'm 22 and I never got the chicken pox or the vaccine, should I get the vaccine?

Maybe: Blood studies show about 90% of adults who do not recall having chickenpox or the vaccine have antibodies that show they did. Your doc could order such a test to see if you have protective antibodies. However, it may be simpler to just get the vaccine, since CPX is so hard on adults. It wouldn't hurt to get the vaccine even if you had CPX. ...Read more

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


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