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Doctor insights on: Childrens Health Vaccines Up To Date

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Question about vaccines and health forms? Are they required by law?

Question about vaccines and health forms? Are they required by law?

Legal requirement: In new york state, vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles and chickenpox are required before being enrolled in kindergarten. Health forms prepared by your doctor is the only document that will confirm that your child received the necessary vaccines.

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What are the health risks of getting a meningitis vaccine?

What are the health risks of getting a meningitis vaccine?

None.: There are several meningitis vaccines given, mostly to children. They are all safe and necessary vaccines and can prevent unnecessary illness and death. The meningococcal vaccine is mostly given to children at age 10-11 with a booster at 16; pneumococcal and hemophilus influenza B are both given as a series with the regular under 2 year old vaccines. They also may be given to adults at risk.

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What does dp mean on a health record regarding series of dt vaccinations?

What does dp mean on a health record regarding series of dt vaccinations?

Wrong abbreviation: The correct DTP abbreviations in the U.S. Include: dtp, dtap, dt, dt, and tdap. It would only be guessing, if one were to decide what "dp" meant.

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Do health insurance plans cover HPV vaccines for women over 26 years old?

Do health insurance plans cover HPV vaccines for women over 26 years old?

Not yet: Unfortunately not yet. It's a great idea for women to be vaccinated however, especially if you have yet to meet your "forever partner ". You might try your county health department. Frequently they have the best prices on the vaccines.

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How do vaccines protect your health aside from strengthening your immune system?

How do vaccines protect your health aside from strengthening your immune system?

Vaccines: do not strengthen the immune system, simply put: they rather train the immune system on how to combat a specific microorganism by forming antibodies specific for that bacteria or virus on re-exposure, you can maintain your immune system by leading a healthy lifestyle, good luck

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What can possibly happen to my daughter's health if I do not give the other two doses of the vaccine?

What can possibly happen to my daughter's health if I do not give the other two doses of the vaccine?

Which vaccine?: In general, it is important to complete the entire series of vaccinations for a particular disease. Not finishing can leave you still susceptible to the disease you are trying to prevent. Unless your daughter had some major side effect, i would recommend finishing. While many diseases in the us are rare, your child may travel as an adult or meet someone who carries the disease.

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What health tips should I follow when traveling internationally? Diet? Sleep? Supplements? Vaccinations?

What health tips should I follow when traveling internationally? Diet? Sleep? Supplements? Vaccinations?

Travel advice: Advice depends a lot of what country you are traveling to. The cdc has some great information for travelers on what shots they should get before you travel, what to bring, etc. Their web address is cdc.Gov/travel. You should also make sure that if you take medications regularly that you have more then enough to get you through the trip.

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How harmful for your health is the 3rd gardasil vaccine?

How harmful for your health is the 3rd gardasil vaccine?

Same as first two: All three injections of the Gardasil vaccine are the same. There is no difference among the three. You get them at 0, 2, and 6 months respectively to complete the vaccination series. You will need all three injections in order to derive complete benefit.

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Is it recommended to get a hepatitis b vaccine? I'm in my 60s and in good health.

Is it recommended to get a hepatitis b vaccine? I'm in my 60s and in good health.

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b can lead to liver cancer and death. If one gets infected with this virus as an adult there is more of a likelihood of a chronic active infection. But if you have no risks: not sexually active, no working in healthcare where you may be exposed to blood, not around any shared needles in a drug use environment then your risks are relatively low.

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Has your daughter suddenly started having health problems after the gardasil vaccine?

Has your daughter suddenly started having health problems after the gardasil vaccine?

No: I have given hundreds of Gardasil vaccines to my patients, as well as to my own daughters. I have never seen, in any of my patients, or my own children, any health problems after vaccination. Yes, the shot may hurt, and some patients pass out after the shot, but this is an acute issue, not a long term one.

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Is it safe to get vaccines at a pharmacy like cvs for example? I'm 26 male good health. Know i'm due for a tetanus but what else would be good?

Is it safe to get vaccines at a pharmacy like cvs for example? I'm 26 male good health. Know i'm due for a tetanus but what else would be good?

My opinion: The second part of your question is exactly the problem with pharmacies giving vaccines.Most of the time you don't know everything you need, and they certainly don't.They have no way to verify what you have had in the past and when, and thus what you are due for. It takes away that consultation from your primary physician who can help you decide what is right for you. While safe, likely incomplete.

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How might giving a mumps vaccine to a boy affect his reproductive health later?

How might giving a mumps vaccine to a boy affect his reproductive health later?

It doesn't: In the pre vaccine era, the wild mumps eventually infected the majority of both men and women in their childhood and this had no significant effect on reproduction.The weaker strain in the vaccine also has no effect on later fertility. Un-vaccinated adult males who have developed an inflammation of their testis, with the wild virus, have a small but possible reduction in fertility.

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Adolescent health help needed. How do I convince my son to get HPV vaccine ?

Parenting: I recommend it to all patents prior to age of intercourse. Parents do not need permission to vaccinate minors. It is your oblgation to protect the children.

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Does a minor need parental consent to get medical care related to sexual health? For example getting a vaccine or getting medication.

Does a minor need parental consent to get medical care related to sexual health? For example getting a vaccine or getting medication.

Varies: Many states like mine,Texas, consider parental consent a barrier to a treatment for sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, birth control and similar needs.These are exempted specifically from parental consent rules. However, when a minor uses their parents insurance to access any of these services parental notification will eventually occur as insurance EOB documents reach them.

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I'm feeling sick and tired a day after my vaccine. Is this normal? I also have health anxiety and don't sleep well as a result.

Normal reaction: Hi, this is a common reaction to many vaccines, and is the result of a successful vaccination. It means you have a healthy immune system, which is responding to the vaccine by making you feel as if you have a mild viral infection. Rest and fluids (not alcohol) and a light diet are all that is usually needed. Unless the reaction is very painful avoid taking meds as this can reduce the effectiveness

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I'm on steroids for chronic health conditions. If my toddler gets a live vaccine such as chick pox, am i risk of some kind when i get near him?

I'm on steroids for chronic health conditions. If my toddler gets a live vaccine such as chick pox, am i risk of some kind when i get near him?

Possibly: Dependent upon your dose and length of time you have been on the steroids, you indeed could be at risk . The live vaccines are varicella and mmr. Talk to the doc who prescribed your steroids to see if your individual dosing puts you at risk. If you are going to be off the steroids in the next month or two, you could consider delay for your toddler, but if long term use may need a different plan.