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Do Children Have Hepatitis
Confusing question: Screening tests that indirectly assess lead exposure are part of routine health care for infants. Direct testing for lead is required by medicaid in infants and toddlers. When or if parents are actually taking their kids in for these visits varies within various cultural or family situations.Low level exposure seldom produces clinical symptoms, high level exposure will produce symptoms. ...Read more
Risk is low: After the series of 3 vaccines to complete hepatitis B vaccination the chances of getting hepatitis B is low. However no vaccine is 100% effective. Therefore if worried u shd have them checked for anti HBs antibodies and if they are positive for those then u know with certainty that they have the immunity for hepatitis B. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 basic ways: A mom who became infected before or during pregnancy can infect the child before or during the birth process. The child can have incidental exposure to hep b later in life. The hep b is a sturdy germ, people have been infected with a needle stick cleaning a long abandoned house. Immunization at or soon after birth has begun to decrease the incidence of hep b disease in countries with the practice. ...Read more
What should I do if two kids at school have been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and I don't want to contract this disease?
People move around: Americans are a very mobile people. We travel to many places in our lifetimes. Also, tourists and workers from all over the world come to our communities. Thus, children should be vaccinated for serious and/or very contagious diseases, even if such diseases are not here at the moment. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Time,money,difficult: There are ongoing efforts to develop more vaccines but the process takes time, researchers with training & interest & lots of money. Once a potential vaccine has been developed, it takes years of testing to get to the point that testing on humans is permitted. Then it takes time to collect effectiveness & safety data to get it approved by the fda. The process is long but one that assures safety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: As a phenomenologically defined entity, and considering that no reliable universal genetic marker was identified, it is impossible to predict with any level of certainty as of now. What is possible though is the diagnostic evaluation of a kid already exhibiting behaviors. ...Read more
I have had measles in childhood. Do adults need to get vaccinated if they had them before, or does natural immunity stay for a lifetime?
Depends: If you want them to live the vulnerable lives kids had in the 1700's & opt out,you should walk through an old grave yard & look at all the small headstones.Progress in vaccinations is one of the greatest advances in health during the 20th century.As long as there is international air travel,your kids can be exposed to imported cases of disease from around the world.It is foolish to think otherwise ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not researchers, who:
Have found that autism, like asthma & diabetes type i, has many genetic "set-ups" or epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. These impact fetal brain development in ways that allow "triggers" to cause signs of ASD
False associations : The vaccine haters have tried to link shots to crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism over the past 30 yrs. Each time the science & biology have proven them wrong. The british doc who claimed MMR triggered cases lost his license when his fraudulent research was exposed. Autism is emerging as a gene linked defect & future research may point to its origin, but it has found no link to vaccines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personal: The decision lies with the couple. Fertility status is part of an individual and couple's personal health information. It is no one's business but the man and woman who are trying to conceive. It is not shameful, but an occurrence which is being seen more and more often particularly in western / industrialized societies. ...Read more
Unethical: A paper published several years ago linked autism to MMR vaccination. Since then many follow up studies and investigations have disproven it completely. The author of the original study was later found to have altered his results due to having financial gain out of such results. It is a sad case of unethical medical behavior which has caused much confusion. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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