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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
In general, No: I matters what the details were of your allergy to Pneumovax, but generally if you had a severe reaction to the Pneumovax, most doctors would not recommend that you have the Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13. Perhaps you could give more complete details of your allergy to your present phsycian and therefor get his/hre advice on the matter. ...Read more
The present vaccines: The existing pneumoccal vaccines are developed by including material that replicates the coating or polysaccharide capsule that varies with each strain.When antibodies develop to the capsule, the pneumoccus can be attacked and neutralized.Some strains have no capsule and cannot be neutralized by the vaccine. ...Read more
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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
1 of 3 components: Tdap is actually a 3 component vacine. The "t" protects you from tetanus (the rusty nail thing). The "d" protects you against diptheria (remember the illness treated by mr gauer in "it's a wonderful life"). The "p" protects you against pertussis - the doctor word for whooping cough. So you get a three in one treat with tdap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
93-99%+: Drug company data submitted for review show the vaccine produces a 4x or better increase in protective response in 93-99% of the study group. Researchers consider the 4x boost evidence of protection. Given the decline of tetanus to 40 or less per year in the US it appears something is going well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rotavirus, and varicella vaccines contain fetal bovine serum. dtap, hebb, ipv, and typhoid vaccines contain bovine casein. what can vegans do?
Overall picture best: While there is discussion in the vegan community about vaccines containing animal products, most people agree that there are some situations where there is no "vegan" alternative, and it is OK to do the "non-vegan" thing. This is one of them. The benefit of vaccines is proven. They are worth it. ...Read more
Doctor's orders: There are many potential complications to diphtheria and the recovery is slow. The most common complication is inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis). The nervous system is also frequently and severely affected, which may result in temporary paralysis. The diphtheria toxin can also damage the kidneys. You should be under the constant care of a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?
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Protection wears off: The protection provided by a tetanus shot usually provides ample levels of circulating antibody protection for up to ten years. After that point it fades & the person may develop tetanus if exposed. Protection from tetanus & several other bacteria based vaccines does not last as long as most viral vaccines & must be boosted periodically to maintain protection. ...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