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I read something on the information sheet that said "meningococcal (type c) conjugate vaccine" what does that mean?

I read something on the information sheet that said "meningococcal (type c) conjugate vaccine" what does that mean?

Way vaccine made.: This refers to how the vaccine is made. The meningococcal conjugate vaccines are made by chemically linking the capsular polysaccharide antigens individually to a protein. The vaccines do not contain live bacteria.Meningococcal conjugate vaccines are believed to give better protection and are more effective in young children than the original polysaccharide vaccine. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b vaccination given but titer does not show immunity. What's this mean?

Hepatitis b vaccination given but titer does not show immunity. What's this mean?

Need revaccination: The most common reason is improper interval vaccination. But some may not develop immunity and so repeat course is recommended. ...Read more

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In brazil the government panflets say BCG protects against leprosy. Is this true?

In brazil the government panflets say BCG protects against leprosy.  Is this true?

1st BCG vaccination: Please see this article: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2238709/. Bcg has been shown clinically to impart protection against leprosy however the case for re-vaccination may not be so strong. ...Read more

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What is an employers responsibility in reference to hepatitis b vaccine?

What is an employers responsibility in reference to hepatitis b vaccine?

Offer vaccination: Osha requires employers to offer the vaccination to workers who are at higher risk to exposure to blood and/or body secretions such as health care workers and first responders. The vaccine should be without cost to the employee. ...Read more

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Is it true that HPV vaccine will prevent new precancerous lesions even in people already infected with HPV? I read this in several articles.

Is it true that HPV vaccine will prevent new precancerous lesions even in people already infected with HPV? I read this in several articles.

Yes and no: HPV vaccine contains several different strains of the virus. It depends which strains you have been infected with already. You can be tested for the specific HPV strains subtypes and if - it could protect you against those. You most ALWAYS use protection and insist on it. It's your life you know! ...Read more

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What are the reasons that people blatantly ignore clear scientific data that autism and vaccines are unrelated?

What are the reasons that people blatantly ignore clear scientific data that autism and vaccines are unrelated?

No memory to review: The success of the vaccines over many years has led to a generation or more with no memory of epidemics of whooping cough, meningitis & polio.Grandma is likely part of the last generation to face the epidemics & deaths & she was too young to understand the fear her parents had daily. Today it's easy to jump on the bandwagon & cringe at the pain of a shot & look for any reason to avoid them. ...Read more

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How small is the so called "small" risk of acquiring something bad from hepatitis b immune globulin (hbig) used as HBV pep (blood-derived product)?

How small is the so called "small" risk of acquiring something bad from hepatitis b immune globulin (hbig) used as HBV pep (blood-derived product)?

Very very small: Modern treatment of Immune Globulin products has pretty much eliminated fear for hepatitis or hiv. However one is always concerned over prion which is a particle not degraded by alcohol or heat and can cause a severe neurologic condition. However I have not heard of a single case of this condition induced by immune globulin. Thus there is a risk which is as remote as being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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Does metformin protect against liver cancer, new research results?

Does metformin protect against liver cancer, new research results?

The global: "metformin prevents cancer" may be an optimistic early view, and in opposition to the "glitazone" issue (avandia, actos) that might be associated with cancer. The early statement was for pancreas cancer. Metformin is a very useful anti-diabetic drug, helps with weight loss, but not a cancer panacea. ...Read more

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Non Reactive: Inconsistent with immunity, less than 10 mIU/mL. Hepatitis B Surface Antibody. Does this mean I don't have Hepatitis B as well?

Non Reactive: Inconsistent with immunity, less than 10 mIU/mL. Hepatitis B Surface Antibody.  Does this mean I don't have Hepatitis B as well?

You don't most likel: there can be a problem with the test if the antibody has not developed (takes up to a month) or if the viral proteins are so much that it sucks up all the antibody. Gnerally both the viral protein and antibody levels are measured at the same time. but seems negative. ...Read more

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Is promertium not recommended when ypu have fatty liver disease not the hepatits version?

Is promertium not recommended when ypu have fatty liver disease not the hepatits version?

Sorta, kinda: Check out https://online.Epocrates.Com/noframe/showpage.Do;jsessionid=1b0534cc2dc042e7712832752e0c15f2?Method=drugs&monographid=2056 and http://www.Drugs.Com/mtm/prometrium.Html. I use both to find info re medications. Both report some concern regarding use of Prometrium (micronized progesterone) in those with liver disease. However, many (most) drugs pass thru the liver to some extent. Best to discuss w/your family doc! ...Read more

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When are hepatitis vaccinations issued to newborns?

Original studies:nbn: Some of the initial studies verifying the benefits of hep b were done in hawaii where there was a long hx of maternal to child transmission.The administration at birth to all willing participants allowed hawaii to be the first state seeing a decline in hep b in its population. Since that time various practitioners follow different protocols. I give it at birth. ...Read more

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What does it mean, anti-body level not consistent with protective immunity against hepatitis be infection. Hep bs ab was negative?

What does it mean, anti-body level not consistent with protective immunity against hepatitis be infection. Hep bs ab was negative?

Not immune to hep B: This means that your body likely does not have the capability of fending off an attack of hepatitis b infection. If you were immunized in the past, it may not have taken. If so, discuss with your doctor about getting a booster shot. ...Read more

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Study says that if u had the Gardasil vaccine, but were already exposed to HPV types 16+18,there is an increased risk of precancerous lesions? True???

Study says that if u had the Gardasil vaccine, but were already exposed to HPV types 16+18,there is an increased risk of precancerous lesions? True???

That is expected: Vaccine is meant to prevent acquisition of HPV infections. So if you already have exposure to HPV before receiving the vaccine, then it is too late to have any benefit from the vaccine. But it is not any fault of the vaccine in that case! ...Read more

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What are the diseases that cause mum not encouraged to breastfeed? Hiv? Hepatitis? Hpv?

What are the diseases that cause mum not encouraged to breastfeed? Hiv? Hepatitis? Hpv?

Very few: Hiv, human t-cell leukemia virus type 1, active tuberculosis, - are absolute contraindications. Hepatitis (b, c) is not an absolute contraindication (only when you have a bleeding crackles on the breast). Temporary contraindications: active breast lesions, such as superficial boils, impetigo, and herpes simplex. Hpv is not a contraindication. ...Read more