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How can I prevent my child from having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

How can I prevent my child from having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

Wait a Minute: If you define "adverse" as any reaction, there is really no way to prevent them.This may include fussiness, mild swelling , mild fever etc.A very serious adverse reaction occurs less than the odds of being struck by lightning several times.Prevention is not possible. The risk of serious adverse reactions to the diseases including the risk of catching disease is much, much higher! ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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What can I do to help prevent my child from getting an infection after an immunization?

What can I do to help prevent my child from getting an infection after an immunization?

Keep the area clean!: Make sure the area of the immunization is clean and keep it clean for a few days following the immunizations. The risk of a skin infection following immunization is very unlikely if kept clean. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child is having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

How do I know if my child is having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

Call for questions: Common reactions after vaccines include mild fussiness, low grade fevers for a day or two, and maybe a mild pink rash. (certain vaccines, like measles or chicken pox, tend to cause their reactions after several days or so.) anything beyond these common signs deserves a call to your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child is having an allergic reaction to formula?

How can I tell if my child is having an allergic reaction to formula?

Diarrhea, rash: Food allergy including to formula often presents with diarrhea, vomiting or skin rash (eczema). However other allergic reactions like runny/stuffy nose, recurrent or chronic ear infections, and sometimes even cough or wheeze can occur with a food allergy. ...Read more

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Due to a reaction I had to the flu shot as a kid pharmacists won't give me one. What can I do to prevent the flu otherwise??

Due to a reaction I had to the flu shot as a kid pharmacists won't give me one. What can I do to prevent the flu otherwise??

Reexamine Reaction !: Please determine what reaction you had. It may not always be medically confirmed. There is no better way to prevent flu,than the vaccination. Mega vitamins, fluids, rest and discussed but not proven tobe effective prevention tools. Good hand washing, avoiding crowded places will held. If symptoms suggestive of flu are seen contact your doctor for a test swab and get treated appropriately. ...Read more

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I am an adult who has never had chickenpox. Is there a vaccine i can get? My neighbor's children recently came down with chickenpox. I'm afraid i might catch it as an adult. What can I do to prevent infection? .

I am an adult who has never had chickenpox. Is there a vaccine i can get? My neighbor's children recently came down with chickenpox. I'm afraid i might catch it as an adult. What can I do to prevent infection?

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The : The following information is taken from the us cdc: varicella (chickenpox) is a highly contagious disease that is very uncomfortable and sometimes serious. The chickenpox vaccine is the best protection against chickenpox. The vaccine is made from weakened varicella virus that produces an immune response in your body that protects you against chickenpox. The chickenpox vaccine was licensed for use in the United States in 1995. Since then, the vaccine has become widely used. Thanks to the chickenpox vaccine, the number of people who get chickenpox each year as well as hospitalizations and deaths from chickenpox have gone down dramatically in the United States. Persons aged >13 years persons aged >13 years without evidence of varicella immunity should receive two 0.5-ml doses of single-antigen varicella vaccine administered subcutaneously, 4--8 weeks apart. If >8 weeks elapse after the first dose, the second dose may be administered without restarting the schedule. Only single-antigen varicella vaccine may be used for vaccination of persons in this age group. Mmrv is not licensed for use among persons aged >13 years. School-aged children, college students, and students in other postsecondary educational institutions all students should be assessed for varicella immunity, and those without evidence of immunity should routinely receive 2 doses of single-antigen varicella vaccine 4--8 weeks apart. The risk for transmission of varicella among school-aged children, college students, and students in other postsecondary educational institutions can be high because of high contact rates. Other adults all healthy adults should be assessed for varicella immunity, and those who do not have evidence of immunity should receive 2 doses of single-antigen varicella vaccine 4--8 weeks apart. Adults who might be at increased risk for exposure or transmission and who do not have evidence of immunity should receive special consideration for vaccination, including 1) hcp, 2) household contacts of immunocompromised persons, 3) persons who live or work in environments in which transmission of VZV is likely (e.g., teachers, day-care employees, residents and staff in institutional settings), 4) persons who live or work in environments in which transmission has been reported (e.g., college students, inmates and staff members of correctional institutions, and military personnel), 5) nonpregnant women of childbearing age, 6) adolescents and adults living in households with children, and 7) international travelers. ...Read more

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My daughter is able to get her flu shot but I'm scared she will have an allergic reaction to the chicken eggs used. Any suggestions?

My daughter is able to get her flu shot but I'm scared she will have an allergic reaction to the chicken eggs used. Any suggestions?

What type of: reaction did she have in the past? If there has been any reaction that can be attributed, then the flu shot is not for her. If she has had a reaction, and she got the flu shot, I would have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or Atarax ready with perhaps some Epi pen just in case. Egg allergies can be nasty and unpredictable. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son is having a newborn rash or an allergic reaction?

How can I tell if my son is having a newborn rash or an allergic reaction?

Rash most likely: Newborns have a variety of skin issues.Most have a bump on a flat red bloch rash that peaks @ 4 days & fades in a week or so. Most have dry skin that flakes a lot.Withdrawal from maternal hormones produces a pimply outbreak that increases over weeks & fades after 4-5m. In three decades, i've never seen a newborn with an allergic reaction. If you are uncomfortable with what you see have baby seen. ...Read more

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I couldn't get my second MMR shot due to a severe allergic reaction to it. What ingredient would cause this? Not allergic to any others. Will I be ok?

I couldn't get my second MMR shot due to a severe allergic reaction to it. What ingredient would cause this? Not allergic to any others. Will I be ok?

?Neomycin, hopefully: Like all vaccines, the MMR vaccine has many ingredients one could react to, but the most likely is neomycin, which is known to cause severe allergic reactions. See list of the ingredients in my comment. Also see http://bit.ly/16RdeGh for a general discussion about vaccine safety and hazards. Hard to know if you'll be OK without more details of your reaction, but it's OK to not get more MMR. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

How do I know if i'm having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

Rash, can't breath: An allergic reaction to a vaccine or vaccine component will not be subtle. A rash over most of your body, swelling (severe) at the injection site, and aches plus (possibly) difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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How can I get an epipen (epinephrine) for precaution from my alllergic reactions?

How can I get an epipen (epinephrine) for precaution from my alllergic reactions?

Doctor: Epipens (epinephrine) require prescriptions, so you should talk to your pcp about your concern and obtain a prescription. ...Read more

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I am severely allergic to cats and have two of them. Is there an effective long term allergy shot that i can get? I'm also breastfeeding.

I am severely allergic to cats and have two of them. Is there an effective long term allergy shot that i can get? I'm also breastfeeding.

Cat shots: You can achieve long term relief from your allergies by getting desensitized with allergy shots. The response to the cat allergen serum is around 95%. You should consult an allergist and discuss your options. They do not affect breasfeeding, but cannot be started if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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If my child has not had an adverse reaction to a vaccine, can I be sure he will not have one in the future?

If my child has not had an adverse reaction to a vaccine, can I be sure he will not have one in the future?

No: Adverse reactions, sadly, cannot be 100% predicted based on previous vaccine reaction history, either positive or negative. Though I am a huge fan of vaccines, there's always the potential for an adverse reaction. Thankfully, the risk of serious adverse reactions is very low, much less than the risks of the diseases that vaccines protect against. ...Read more

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Is it possible to all of a sudden be allergic to my puppy after having him for one year already without any problems? Or my allergies are from else.

Is it possible to all of a sudden be allergic to my puppy after having him for one year already without any problems? Or my allergies are from else.

Sometimes: Allergies can occur anytime, but if you have never had allergy symptoms before, it is unlikely you are going to develop them suddenly. It may be that you always had some reaction to it and it worsened over time and now you noticed it. So i think it is best you get evaluated by an allergist and get tested and see what is going on. ...Read more

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I had a severe allergic reaction to keflex. Can i trust taking other antiobios in the future without being pre-tested? How to know if allergic again?

I had a severe allergic reaction to keflex. Can i trust taking other antiobios in the future without being pre-tested? How to know if allergic again?

Many options: Antibiotics are in a number of chemical classes. With a severe reaction to Keflex (also called cefazolin), you should avoid antibiotics in the cephalosporin and probably the penicillin class, as there is a higher chance of cross reactivity. Typically, we will give antibiotics in a different chemical class rather than testing. For you, examples may be clindamycin, Ciprofloxacin or vancomycin. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child is having an allergic reaction to prelone (prednisolone) syrup or if his hives from before are just getting worse?

How can I tell if my child is having an allergic reaction to prelone (prednisolone) syrup or if his hives from before are just getting worse?

Hives just worse: Prelone (prednisolone) is a med that mimics the stress hormone your body makes to stabilize membranes & stop allergic reactions. It is often give as an oral med to patients who would not like the alternative.A deep intramuscular injection would start working faster to slow the reaction.The oral takes some time to kick in so its common for a reaction to get a bit worse before improving. ...Read more

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I had allergy tests, which showed a mild reaction to molds and fungi. What can I do to protect myself in the future?

I had allergy tests, which showed a mild reaction to molds and fungi. What can I do to protect myself in the future?

Dry out: You may have increased mold in your home if there are leaks or increased moisture. Look for wetness around windows, under sinks and refrigerators. Look for water stains on ceilings and walls. Look for mold on shower curtains or doors, & in the grout between bathroom tiles. Repair leaks, replace shower curtains, treat visible mold with bleach, consider a hepa air purifier. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have just been exposed to the chicken pox, can I get a vaccine now to prevent breaking out in the rashes?

Can you tell me if I have just been exposed to the chicken pox, can I get a vaccine now to prevent breaking out in the rashes?

Depends on variables: If you had it as a kid or were immunized (started mid 90's) you have little to worry about.A vaccination now would not stop the progression of the illness or treat it. If susceptible, you can count forward 10-21 days from exposure as the time you would break out. Oral meds could be helpful if you do. Those at high risk due to chemo/cancer can sometimes obtain vzig (immune globulin) to prevent it. ...Read more

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How can I prevent choking in an infant I babysit?

See below: Safety. The environment must be safe. Make sure any small objects, toy parts, are not within in reach of a curious infant. The child should be under your observation at all times. And, you need to avoid foods that maybe choking hazards, nuts, hard candy, whole hot dogs, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more