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Doctor insights on: Child Immunization Shots

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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 dangereous to delay child vaccine that is supposed to be given at 4 yrs age by a month or so? I think it is just one shot.

Is it dangereous to delay child vaccine that is supposed to be given at 4 yrs age by a month or so? I think it is just one shot.

No, but: It is fine to delay the shot if/when it would interfere with the other things you have going on. Sometimes we do after asking you about family members on chemo or other issues that would be important.But don't forget the need is still there to get these boosters to keep the kid safe. ...Read more

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Why did I still get whooping cough as a child even after having all the vaccine shots?

Why did I still get whooping cough as a child even after having all the vaccine shots?

Not 100%: Vaccines really have been a major improvement in public health but no medicine is 100% effective. When vaccines don't prevent a disease they do usually make it much lighter. We also now know that most vaccines do not last forever . Boosters are often needed later in life. ...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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Does it matter which flu vaccine a child with ADHD (takes methylin ER daily) receives? Shot or mist?

Does it matter which flu vaccine a child with ADHD (takes methylin ER daily) receives? Shot or mist?

It does not matter: Both work very well. There is limited data to suggest that FluMist might work a little better. Another upside is no injection, but if you want to have FluMist administered and covered by insurance, certain plans do not cover it. Check first. ...Read more

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What is a justifiable child immunization?

All Recommended: The current recommended immunizations have all been well studied and monitered. There safety record is unparalled for medical therapy. The millions of saved lives far, far outweigh any risks.They are all justified! ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you loose your childs immunization records?

Could you tell me what happens if you loose your childs immunization records?

Look for backups: In my state the law requires that i keep records (including vaccinations) on kids for 7 years from their last visit or 21 yrs, whichever is longer. Retrieval of the information is provided for a fee. Schools & day care facilities will often have a backup list available for review. Some states have a vaccine registry, but parents may have to opt-in to have their kids info recorded. ...Read more

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If my child gets an immunization, can he still get the disease he is protected against?

If my child gets an immunization, can he still get the disease he is protected against?

Yes: Immunizations are not 100% effective. Some vaccines are closer to 100% than others, including the Hib and pcv vaccines for meningitis. Yet others, like influenza and varicella vaccines, may cover 50-70% of children in some studies. Booster doses are recommended to increase the likelihood of full protection. ...Read more

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