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Should children get flu vaccines?

Should children get flu vaccines?

No Question About It: The benefits of flu vaccine grossly outweigh any risks in preventing a serious, even life threatening disease. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Two months pregnant is the flu shot safe?

Two months pregnant is the flu shot safe?

Yes: If you are pregnant it is safe to get a flu shot which contains dead flu virus. You should not receive the nasal spray which contains a live but weakened flu virus. ...Read more

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Can flu vaccines cause autism?

Can flu vaccines cause autism?

Fraudulent: Several studies have disproven the link with mmr, which was originally published in 1998 by dr. Andrew wakefield. An investigation by the british medical journal (bmj) concluded that dr.Wakefield faked data and created an elaborate fraud, causing long-lasting damage to public health. In fact, the original study was eventually retracted in 2010, and dr, wakefield lost his license. ...Read more

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How do flu shots affect hiv+ individuals? Are flu shots risky if i'm HIV positive?

How do flu shots affect hiv+ individuals? Are flu shots risky if i'm HIV positive?

Flu shot in HIV+: Influenza vaccine uses inactivated antigen to stimulate an immune response in the body. Hiv+ pts' immune response will depend on how much of their immune system is intact, as indicated by their cd4+ count. Hiv pts should get only the injected, attenuated (inactive) virus, never the live virus inhaled form [flumist]. ...Read more

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Is the flu shot safe when i'm pregnant?

Is the flu shot safe when i'm pregnant?

Yes: Not only does the flu shot appear to be safe , but it may provide immunity to your unborn child. A 2 for 1! having the infection is much more dangerous for you and your child. ...Read more

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Can there be mercury in a 9 month old baby's flu shot vaccination?

Can there be mercury in a 9 month old baby's flu shot vaccination?

Yes: See dr pizzo's response. But keep in mind that the type of mercury ( and there are safe and not safe types) in the shot has been demonstrated in many, many research studies to not have or cause any serious side effects in babies whereas the influenza infection can be deadly, causing unfortunately several thousands deaths in children per year. Do not be afraid. Get the shot! ...Read more

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Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Not really: As a live attenuated vaccine, we avoid them in immunocompromised people. Most people have been immunized with MMR as children anyway but if an HIV infected person who is susceptible to measles is in the midst of a measles outbreak, the measles vaccine is way better than wild type measles. ...Read more

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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...Read more

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Hep b vaccine series, final shot effective after 6+ months of first shot. True?

Hep b vaccine series, final shot effective after 6+ months of first shot. True?

Yes but...: Only in young infants. Forolder chiildren and adolescents, doses may be given in a schedule of 0, 1, and 6months; of 0, 1, and 4 months; or of 0, 2, and 4 months. ...Read more

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Could the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Could the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Yes: When 2 dose vaccination is used for children – the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first. Dose #1 “primes the immune system” & dose #2 provides the actual protection. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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Is the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Is the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

2 dose flu vaccine: When 2 dose vaccination is used for children – the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first. Dose #1 “primes the immune system" & dose #2 provides the actual protection. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman receive tdap vaccine?

Category C: The tdap is considered a category c drug during pregnancy. This basically means there is no specific evidence of fetal harm if taken. Some practitioners wait until the second trimester to give it out of extra caution, but it is truly a good investment in your babies health. It adds a bit of pertussis protection to the antibodies you give baby & helps until they can get their first one at 2m. ...Read more

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Do hepatitis-b vaccines and Hib vaccines contain 'thimerosal' cause autism?

Do hepatitis-b vaccines and Hib vaccines contain 'thimerosal' cause autism?

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

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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine (swine): The most recent (last 2 yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. There would be no benefit in seeking out older single strain h1n1. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more