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Child Immunization Shots
YES!: The hib vaccine protects babies and infants against a type of bacteria which can cause meningitis and death. When i started my medical training, it was a fairly common, and serious, infection. Due to the success of the vaccine, it is now uncommon. H1n1 is a part of the influenza vaccine which keeps patients from getting the seasonal flu and should be given to all people over 6 months of age. ...Read more
No: Rotavirus is one of the main causes of diarrhea related deaths worldwide in infants & children. It is also one of the prime reasons kids in the US are hospitalized for dehydration. The vaccine has been effective in reducing these admissions within the populations that use them. However, they remain optional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Optional for Adults&: It is required to go to school at 6th grade or age 11 As adults no body can force you but it is a good idea to get a bboster after 10 years All pregnant mothers are recommended to get tdap so that they can pass passive immunity to the fetus and protect the new born especially for Whooping cough ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 different vaccines: There are 2 brands available: Rotarix (2 dose schedule) and RotaTeq (3 dose schedule) both are started at baby's 2 month visit though can be given as early as six weeks. A second dose is given 6-8 weeks later (can receive as early as 4 weeks after) and third dose (depending on which vaccine) no later than 32 weeks of age. This is given by mouth and not as a shot. ...Read more
If vaccination protects children from diseases, why can an unvaccinated child infect a vaccinated child?
Vaccines seldom 100%: The protection provided by vaccines can approach 100% in some cases but not all. Infected kids spread their diseases to infants that are too young to be vaccinated, those that have not completed a full vaccine series or those whose immune system fails to have a full benefit from the vaccine.A measles outbreak in houston was traced to air travelers entering from abroad, 1/3 vaccinated, 2/3 not. ...Read more
Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!
No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more
6 months and older: The annual influenza vaccine is currently recommended for all persons over 6 months old and in particular for those with chronic disease such as heart and lung disease. For more information, see my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2013/10/flu-shot-season/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rabies vaccine: Rabies vaccine is under class C, that means that animal studies revealed a harmful or teratogenic effects on the fetus or there is no controlled studies on pregnant women, you need to weigh your options, risk vs benefit, if you were exposed & at risk for contracting rabies you have no choice but to take the vaccine with close F/U with your obstitrician. Wishing you & baby good luck. ...Read more
Individual vaccines: were developed first: Tetanus, 1914; Pertussis, 1918; Diphtheria, 1923. DTP was licensed in 1949. Inactivated Polio Vaccine, 1955; trivalent live attenuated Polio vaccine, 1963. Combined Measkes, Mumps, Rubella, 1971, also after individual vaccines. Conjugated Haemophilus Influenzae type B, 1988. See www.immunize.org/timeline/ for more. ...Read more
Dtap vaccine: To complete the series and be properly immunised the babies are given 3 dtap shots in first year, 4th shot in 2nd year and a booster between 4 and 6.After that every child needs a booster every 10 years.So three tdap shots 2 months apart, is the minimum to get primary immunity in adults and than booster every 10 years, but vaccine for adults is different, it is not dtap but tdap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more
Depends on age: All kids less than 5 should receive multiple doses of the pneumococcal vaccine prevnar. A dose may be needed up to 6 for higher risk kids. Some people with other risks, such as spleen removal or sickle cell disease, will need an expanded form with more types included. The vaccines work very well and have dramatically decreased pneumococcal disease overall. Get any child vaccinated! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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