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Combination Vaccines For Childhood Immunization
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
Yes: Booster vaccine doses are needed with almost all vaccines. The immune system does not remember a vaccine forever, or does not make adequate amounts of antibodies forever, in part because vaccines are made to be not too strong on the body, so not to cause side effects in the vaccinated person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Polio vaccines: OPV is more effective at preventing polio as it is a live attenuated virus. That being said , the risk to being administered the OPV is higher as polio is pretty much eradicated from the world, and the only cases of paralytic polio are from the oral vaccine. So, IMHO, the decision to go with the inactivated vaccine is the correct one and OPV is no longer available in the US. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varicella vaccine: Yes. There is a sure way of determining one's immunity level - a varicella titer done by a blood test. Adults need 2 doses, given one month apart. I often recommend non-immune parents to get the vaccine simultaneously when their one-year-old gets it or better still, at least a month or two before their child turns one. In addition, other non-immune family members should also be vaccinated. ...Read more
Vaccines for travel: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list Check out this interactive website! You can learn about which vaccines are recommended for travel to a particular area of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a similar feature, and also has information about current outbreaks of disease. Have a great trip and safe travels. ...Read more
No: Information about thimerosal since 2001, with the exception of some influenza (flu) vaccines, thimerosal is not used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines. www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930's. There is no convincing evidence of harm caused ... ...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
See below: A prescription is not needed. Vaccine can be obtained from your provider, health department, or maybe student health. ...Read more
Assurance: Vaccines for these and many others are seldom as helpful in generating immunity as the wild disease. Since they are better for the patient than getting the disease, it is what we have to offer. Sometimes a percentage of the first dose will have no effect, or the effect on building antibodies will not last long. Boosters push the body to do its best and give longer protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Because they work: For many years after the development of single antigen vaccines, the effort has focused on combining as many as possible into single formulations. This drive is to reduce the pain and stress of giving, receiving doses separately. Years of research have proven them safe and effective. A playboy bunny and many well meaning folks promote separating these based on junk science and speculation. ...Read more
We offerred: Parent/patient acceptance varies on vaccines like this that are not always part of the state or school requirements for attendance. The staff and I offer and try to educate, but not all will take advantage of the vaccine.I find it sad, having witnessed a patient's death within 24hrs of first symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Safe: Mmr and other standard vaccinations are generally safe. The risks of vaccinations have been greatly exaggerated in the media over the past couple of decades. It is well established that some of the data implicating vaccinations as risky was falsified data. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can immunization with certain vaccines against childhood diseases cause or trigger disorders such as autism?
Is it possible that a child had the three vaccinations on the same date during a triple immunization process?
Confusing question: Most vaccines are developed as individual products & after demonstrating success over time there is an effort to combine them with other vaccines to reduce the number of shots given. The present dtap is such a vaccine. It has been proven well tolerated and effective when given this way. The same goes for the MMR vaccine. ...Read more
How ofter does the average person need a pneumonia vaccine shot? Is it usually given at childhood?
Yes: it is given in childhood but it is also given to adults over age 65 and to those adults felt to be at risk for pneumococcal disease ( like smokers and asthmatics) There has been a vaccine available since the 70s but if you were not in one of the at risk groups you probably did not get it. You only need the vaccine once unless you are felt to be at very high risk, then twice. Talk to your Dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recieved 1 childhood varcella vaccine. But my labs show (-) VZV IgG = non immune. How is this possible as isn't vaccination previous exposure?
Not always effective: The varicella vaccine was approved initially as 1 dose in early childhood (>1 but <13) and 2 dose to teens or above. It is now suggested only as a 2 dose series, since about 15% will not develop long term antibodies with a single dose. Even with 2 doses, likely 5% will not. Natural varicella gives long term antibodies but no vaccine is perfect. ...Read more
If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.
Should adults around age 58 get an MMR vaccine? I can't be sure that I had the mumps but had "swollen glands" in childhood.
Won't hurt: We have seen a recent rise in measles cases imported by international travel, (Houston,Ohio).As such, it is reasonable for anyone with an unsure history or who was born prior to 1990 to have a dose. Prior to 1990's we give only one dose of MMR at a yr and about 15% of the population remained at risk.Second doses were given to many into their teens at that time but many were missed. ...Read more
Does the flu vaccine interact with standard childhood vaccines in a 4-year-old? My daughter is getting both together in a couple of days.
No harm: This would be frustrating as no parent wants to know their child endured more than they needed as an extra jab but, no medical danger or harm occurs.Such immune system challenges have been shown to be of no risk but this does not make it any less distressing emotionally to a parent. Ouch. ...Read more
Yes: All vaccines have a known failure percentage with some more than others. Measles as part of the MMR was given as a single dose to many kids up until the mid 1990's when it became evident a 2nd dose was needed.Today we occasionally see local measles after exposure to imported (international travel) cases.Docs can verify your protective antibodies with a blood test. ...Read more
What causes children to not respond to multiple vaccines and thus need 3-4 shots for the same vaccine?
Low immunity: Some children possess a weak immune system making them not respond to vaccines, i.e., they have difficulty building antibodies against the vaccine particles despite a scheduled regimen. They should be under close supervision of an immunologist either to boost their immune systems or advise them of precautionary measures to prevent them from contracting any disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your child have taken the rotovirus vaccine as a baby, will she still be protect by the vaccine as long as she is a child?
Vaccines: Decreases the risk of infection but does not protect 100%. If they do get the infection, it tends to be a much less severe infection. ...Read more
Me an my husband would like to have a third child but I have the Rh factor an my second son came premature so i never got the vaccine during second p
Unclear question: If you have anti rhd antibodies, you can still safely have an rh d negative child. If you are rh d positive, then it should not be an issue. Talking to your doctor may provide a more meaningful discussion of the issues. ...Read more
If i choose not to vaccinate my child against the measles, am i really putting them at risk? I think it would be better to risk my son getting measles than taking the chance that the vaccine itself could damage his health somehow.
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