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Why are college freshmen living in dormitories at increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Why are college freshmen living in dormitories at increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Close living quarter: It is strongly recommended that all college students living in dorms or frat houses (not just freshman) to get the Meningococcal vaccine due to it being highly contagious, relatively high mortality (death) rate, high morbidity (complication, amputation, etc.) rate, and ease of prevention (by getting vaccinated.) initial symptoms often mimic a common cold or flu so diagnosis can be delayed. ...Read more

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Why are college freshmen living in dormitories at high risk for meningococcal disease?

Why are college freshmen living in dormitories at high  risk for meningococcal disease?

Closeness: Age of starting college along with the close quarters of dormitories added to the point of being around all new strangers with their own illnesses/ viruses that a freshman may have never been exposed to before. ...Read more

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Why do college freshmen living in dormitories have an increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Why do college freshmen living in dormitories have an increased risk for meningococcal disease?

Proximity: Dorms, classes, cafeterias or military barracks, some infections are more likely to pass among populations in close proximity. The higher risk populations share similar settings . Meningococcal disease is also carried by some in their nasal passages without ever getting ill. Proximity, carriers and time duration of contact all add to the process. ...Read more

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Are pterygia common among airline pilots and people living in tropical countries?

Are pterygia common among airline pilots and people living in tropical countries?

No and yes: I know of no study showing airline pilots having an increased incidence of pterygia. They are more common in people from equatorial countries as well as those living in desert and harsh climates. ...Read more

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Can a student get histoplasmosis from living in a dorm?

Can a student get histoplasmosis from living in a dorm?

Not Contagious: Histoplasmosis is an infectious disease caused by inhaling small spores found usually in soil that have become airborne. The fungus grows best in soil that has been contaminated with bird manure or bat droppings (caves). Histoplasmosis is not contagious. It is not transmitted from an infected animal or person to someone else. ...Read more

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Should college students be vaccinated against meningococcal disease?

Should college students be vaccinated against meningococcal disease?

YES: Yes, but the peak risk actually starts rising around 13-14 yo and kids should be getting this shot at 11 yo now. Currently the CDC says to get one at 11 yo and another at 16 yo. ...Read more

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Hi, can you catch Gianotti-Crosti syndrome from another child?

Hi, can you catch Gianotti-Crosti syndrome from another child?

No: we do not know the exact cause but it appears to be a type of hypersensitivity reaction to a viral or bacterial process in the skin. It is not to our knowledge infectious. Hope this answers your question. Dr. R ...Read more

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Should children have an HPV vaccination before they enroll in school?

Should children have an HPV vaccination before they enroll in school?

Yes: Yes, if they are of age - meaning anywhere from 9-26 years old, i would highly recommend getting this vaccine. Its highly efficacious but only works if you get the vaccine prior to getting infected. Get the shot well before you "need" it for the best protection! ...Read more

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In what year did the united states begin requiring chicken pox vaccinations for children?

In what year did the united states begin requiring chicken pox vaccinations for children?

Variable: The feds don't make this rule. At least for now.Each state sets it's vaccine policy as either requirement for entry into daycare or public school facilities or state supported secondary schools.Check with your state health department. ...Read more

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Are homeless shelters sanitary, or do they spread disease?

Are homeless shelters sanitary, or do they spread disease?

Most are sanitary: Shelters work to prevent spread of communicable diseases, maintain clean and healthful facilities and there are both state and federal regulations regarding the health and safety standards and food and nutrituon regulations. Providence for disease control, hand washing, food handling, injury and burn prevention, staff and client health vary by site, but generally exist to maintain sanitization. ...Read more

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Is tetanus common with migrant workers?

Is tetanus common with migrant workers?

Could be: Migrant workers have poor access to healthcare and may not have been immunized against tetanus. They also may work in unsafe conditions with greater chances of injury. Thus, they are more likely be infected than those who have been immunized. ...Read more

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What genetic diseases most commonly occur in a child born from incest (between sibs or between parent & child)?

What genetic diseases most commonly occur in a child born from incest (between sibs or between parent & child)?

Varies considerably: The issue is like playing russian roulette. All of us carry recessive genes in our dna that do not express disease because they are balanced by normal genes. Things like cystic fibrosis are carried by 1/20, sickle cell 1/12. All of us carry an estimated 4 defects. Parent child/sib-sib pairings all may have a normal outcome or a bad outcome for any pregnancy. ...Read more

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Traveling to dominican republic are vaccines required?

Traveling to dominican republic are vaccines required?

Recommended: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/dominican-republic certain vaccines are recommended, not required. ...Read more

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Where can teens get free birth control in california without parental consent?

Where can teens get free birth control in california without parental consent?

Use the Internet: I would either use the internet or the local department of health to find an answer to this question. ...Read more

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What infections do people typically get from living in retirement homes?

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What infections do people typically get from living in retirement homes?

Same as anywhere els: Respiratory & gastrointestinal illnesses rank high on list of institutions. In other words, influenza & common cold. Diarrhea & vomiting, too. ...Read more

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Are e.Coli infections common in the united states?

Are  e.Coli infections common in the united states?

E Coli Infections: One estimate has 20, 000 cases in the us annually. The number is probably much higher because many infections don't come to medical attention or are part of a large public health investigation. ...Read more

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Does a childhood Hib vaccine fulfill the meningitis requirement at most u.S. Colleges?

Does a childhood Hib vaccine fulfill the meningitis requirement at most u.S. Colleges?

No: Colleges are worried about epidemic Meningococcal disease and related sepsis and meningitis. Hib meningitis is a problem of infancy and childhood and rarely if ever hit college kids before we had the vaccines. ...Read more

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