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What happens if I'm vaccinated for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can I still pass the mumps onto others?
No: Your vaccination does not set you up to pass any of the 3 illnesses to anyone else. ...Read more
8 month 3 weeks old baby, pink rash appeared on front torso this morning, skin feels rough, looks like roseola rash, NO fever. What could it be?
Virus: Viruses (especially the summer time viruses) can cause rashes with or without fevers. Strep can cause a rash that is rough, usually on the stomach (uncommon under age 2). Heat rash can also cause a bumpy pink rash on the abdomen. I would have the baby seen to be sure nothing serious is going on. ...Read more
2 different vaccines: There are 2 brands available: Rotarix (2 dose schedule) and RotaTeq (3 dose schedule) both are started at baby's 2 month visit though can be given as early as six weeks. A second dose is given 6-8 weeks later (can receive as early as 4 weeks after) and third dose (depending on which vaccine) no later than 32 weeks of age. This is given by mouth and not as a shot. ...Read more
Cluster of red dots on soft palate of 2 yo considered petichiae? What causes it?Just a little paranoid since we had a leukemia scare when it was mono.
Early on -expense: It took 16 yrs +/- to get the chickenpox vaccine through the fda approval process for generalized use. It was available to select populations, but they considered the expense too much to justify broad distribution. When the 50/yr deaths + 10k hospitalizations + 50x increase in invasive strep disease+ work loss by parents was factored in, they finally relented & let it be used. ...Read more
Child had chicken pox.Developed shingles w/ blisters on scalp.Chronic pain 4 12 yrs no rash.Told fibromyalgia. Could this b shingles? How to test?
No, but : A few kids will develop an atypical vaccine response and have a few blisters come up. The blisters will contain viral particles that represent the weakened vaccine strain.These could be passed on by direct contact to an unvaccinated person.They would likely not have any outward symptoms but would then be immune as if s/he had been vaccinated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...Read more
No: Provided your nieces and nephews had the 2 injections of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), they should have complete protection from all three diseases. Likewise, if you had the same 2 injections or had the measles disease, you will provide the same protection to your baby. This is the joy of having had vaccinations - complete peace of mind. ...Read more
Hard knots in both clavicles red itchy skin flu like symptoms but no flu or injury getting bigger?
See a doctor: With flu like symptoms and a rash, I would seek urgent evaluation. I would at least call your doctor or go to an Urgent Care center. When you say 'flu like' -those symptoms can include fever--so that is what has raised my alarm. There must be more to your history to help figure this out. Because symptoms seem to be progressing I would not waste time. ...Read more
Hard lump on pubic mound 2 days. ER= too soon to lance. No head, no heat, tender. Satellite eruptions on butt clearing up. RX= Keflex Scared of MRSA?
Simple tests: A surface culture and PCR analysis of the local area or skin scrapings would help to identify the presence of MRSA, versus MSSA( multiply-sensitive Staph Aureus), but this needs to be performed by a licensed OB-GYN, who can examine the pubic area for telltale signs of infection and help in your treatment ...Read more
Some times: Vaccine gives such side effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
YES: Yes, the RSV shot is not a true vaccine - its really a collection of antibodies to RSV to help neutralize and lesson the effects of future infections. It is not the same thing as the other vaccines your child gets. However, it should reduce the risk of serious complications cause by RSV if your child still gets infected. It is not 100% effective in preventing infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers