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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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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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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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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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What is the best course of action if I think my baby is having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

What is the best course of action if I think my baby is having an adverse reaction to a vaccine?

Call somebody!: If they are having difficulty breathing, are seizing, are dusky or blue, or are lethargic, call 911. Otherwise, call your doctor's office immediately. If there is not a timely response and/or you are not comfortable with waiting, go to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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If I had an adverse reaction to my 1st HPV vaccine should I have the second?

If I had an adverse reaction to my 1st HPV vaccine should I have the second?

Probably: An adverse reaction such as passing out, sore arm, headache, etc. Are not considered contraindications to receiving further doses. Allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, swelling of lips/tongue are reasons to have no further doses. ...Read more

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Is allergy vaccine for child aged 14 safe to prevent him from asthma in future?

Is allergy vaccine for child aged 14 safe to prevent him from asthma in future?

Confusing question: I know of no allergy vaccination that can or will prevent asthma in anyone at any age. There are allergy shots that can reduce a persons allergic responses if taken over several years, but not all seem to benefit from them. Allergy by itself has been cited as a triggering factor in only 5-10% of asthma sufferers. ...Read more

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If a partner has low risk and I have high risk will the HPV vaccine prevent us from having a child?

If a partner has low risk and I have high risk will the HPV vaccine prevent us from having a child?

No: The vaccine has nothing to do with your shared fertility. Forms of invasive std like chlamydia & gonorrhea can scar the fallopian tubes & diminish fertility, but this vaccine has no such effect. ...Read more

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I was in contact with a child with chicken pox today, is it effective for me to get the vaccine now to prevent me from getting chicken pox?

I was in contact with a child with chicken pox today, is it effective for me to get the vaccine now to prevent me from getting chicken pox?

Get some protection: The incubation for chicken pox is about 10-21 days (time of contact to development of disease), and vaccine results in some immnity as early as 10 days as well and excellent by 3 weeks time. So, in your case, you will likely get some protection. However, it is a good chance that you are already immuned to it..Likely exposure to it when u were younger..Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was prescribed selenium sulfide 2.5 shampoo and think i'm having an adverse reaction (skin irritation, no rash), how long before it goes away?

I was prescribed selenium sulfide 2.5 shampoo and think i'm having an adverse reaction (skin irritation, no rash), how long before it goes away?

A few days: The irritant or allergic contact reaction should go away in a few days without continuing contact. A topical cortisone may hasten the recovery a little. ...Read more

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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