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Countries Requiring Yellow Fever Certificate
Yes: Entry into veterinary schools is highly competetive and a bachelors degree is part of the basic requirement. Some consider veterinary school harder than general medical school. It certainly is challenging and very necessary. ...Read more
For what medical reasons do similar eur. & n. Amer. Countries have different child vaccine requirements?
Which differences: Unaware of the differences. If you could point these out will be glad to comment. All too often, however, decisions of this nature are made based upon societal demands rather than logical medical rationale. ...Read more
History of seizures: Epilepsy. I healed epilepsy & am healthy after 3 years. Need to get yellow fever vacc for travels to Ghana. Is YF vacc safe 4 me?
Likely yes: Hi, more than likely it should be ok. However, you should talk to your doctor about this. Overall this depends on what type of epilepsy you have. If it is epilepsy of unknown cause and is not tied to fevers you should be ok, but there are some epilepsy syndromes that get worse with infections and fever. These typical happen in kids and continue throughout life. ...Read more
Depends where: There is a difference between a mistake *causing* a death, and a mistake *not preventing* a death. Some experts fail to make this distinction, and therefore claim that deaths from medical mistakes greatly outweigh death from infectious diseases. Technology and smart computer apps likely will have a big positive effect upon error reduction. In developing countries, answer most likely is infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In countries that have some few polio cases , is having the IPV 5 doses considered enough or kids should take OPV too ?
Polio Vaccines: The OPV is a live vaccine and theoretically provides more protection than a full series of IPV. If there is an outbreak of polio, I would consider getting a dose of OPV, the incidence of getting polio from the OPV is miniscule but it is there just FYI. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fever/diarrhea: The 2 symptoms may be associated as part of the same illness. Sometimes the fluids given for fever will cause diarrhea. It sounds like the fever is resolved. If the diarrhea persists or contains blood the toddler and the stool should be checked. Diarrhea can cause dehydration so increase fluids that contain electrolytes and have him/her seen for any concern for dehydration. All the best. ...Read more
Absolutely: Not only can you get them at travel clinics, but both vaccines are readily available from most doctors, and if your adult doctor doesn't have them, a family practice doctor in your area would. Finally, you can almost always get these through your local health department at a very reasonable fee. Glad you are being proactive before your travels! ...Read more
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I'm going to Argentina. Will they require I have a yellow fever vaccine before I board my flight from the US?
No: There is not a requirement BUT it is "recommended for all travelers ?9 months of age..." ...Read more
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