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Which vaccines for children under 2 contain thimerosal?

Which vaccines for children under 2 contain thimerosal?

Multidose flu: Only the multidose flu vaccine has minute traces of thimerosal. It has not been in the kid vaccines for more than a decade. ...Read more

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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Is a fever of 103 degrees in a child under 2 years old dangerous?

Is a fever of 103 degrees in a child under 2 years old dangerous?

Depends: Depends on what is causing the fever. If the kid has had his shots & gained protection against most of the nasty diseases of childhood, it is likely a simple illness, often viral. Their brain isn't damaged by simple fever. If the kid is able to keep up with fluid needs & remain playful at times this can often be managed at home. If the kid looks bad, won't drink or scares you, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What's the pathophysiology of RSV and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

What's the pathophysiology of RSV and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

RSV: Respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) causes infection of the respiratory tract. It starts as a cold, but then the virus spreads to lower respiratory tract and causes infection/inflammation in the smaller breathing tubes (bronchioles): swelling of the lining of the tubes and sloughing of the lining of these tubes with debris building up and causing partial/complete blockage of these tubes. ...Read more

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Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Wheezing: Wheezing and severe cough in an infant may be due to rsv. The younger and smaller the infant the more severe the illness will be. Premature babies are at the highest risk and may require hospitalization. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

Deadly choice : Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction.As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more

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Is the meningococcal vaccine safe for children under 3?

Is the meningococcal vaccine safe for children under 3?

CDC recomendations: The cdc has recommended the use of the Meningococcal vaccine as early as 9 months to kids with specific medical risk factors. (traveling in endemic areas, immune issues)its use between 2 -10 years has also been recommended for kids with a broader group of medical conditions. It is considered as safe & effective but the child may need booster shots to maintain protective effect when older. ...Read more

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My child has pinkish colored circles under her eyes could this be allergies?We have 2 dogs and 2 cats in our home

My child has pinkish colored circles under her eyes could this be allergies?We have 2 dogs and 2 cats in our home

Allergic shiners?: A pink or purple discoloration under the eyes due to allergies are called "allergic shiners." in a child who also has nasal congestion or runny nose likely has allergies. Since there are many indoor allergens other than your pets that could be triggering the symptoms, it would be best to get your child allergy tested to find the exact cause. ...Read more

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Are children able to get immunity from chicken pox vaccine if they were given immunoglobulin at age 2 years?

Are children able to get immunity from chicken pox vaccine if they were given immunoglobulin at age 2 years?

Confusing question: Any benefit of immunoglobulin is transient. It circulates in the system much as those passed by mothers to their newborn. After 30 to 90 days it is essentially gone. Only true vaccination or active disease will generate immunity to chickenpox or other similar diseases. ...Read more

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How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

How is chicken pox different in adults than children?

Worse: Usually adults would ill seriously. Another type of "chicken pox" in adults is called shingles(herpes zoster). ...Read more

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Hep a vaccine Havrix 1440 for adults is out of stock. They prescribed me 2 Havrix 720 (jr). Epidemiologists say taking 2 junior has no protection?

Hep a vaccine Havrix 1440 for adults is out of stock. They prescribed me 2 Havrix 720 (jr). Epidemiologists say taking 2 junior has no protection?

Hepatitis A vaccine: Havrix comes in adult and pediatric doses. The adult vaccine contains 1440 EL.U. (ELISA Units) of viral antigen, while the pediatric dose contains 720 EL.U. So two doses of the pediatric vaccine given at the same time, should be equivalent to one needle injection with the adult vaccine. These are highly effective vaccines, so I don't know what information you've been told-but I think it's fine. ...Read more

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In what year did the united states begin requiring chicken pox vaccinations for children?

In what year did the united states begin requiring chicken pox vaccinations for children?

Variable: The feds don't make this rule. At least for now.Each state sets it's vaccine policy as either requirement for entry into daycare or public school facilities or state supported secondary schools.Check with your state health department. ...Read more

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If my child under the age of 2 contracts the whooping cough, is he likely to survive?

If my child under the age of 2 contracts the whooping cough, is he likely to survive?

Pertussis comeback: Whooping cough is back since adults who were immunized get no/mild disease but, we can pass it on to young ones who have incomplete/no immunity. If you think your 2-yr-old has it, get to the pediatrician/hospital immediately for treatment. It's caused by a bacterium so, you need to get teh antibiotics started as soon as the diseasee is confirmed. Also, do not give kids cough medicine for this. ...Read more

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