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How long is the chickenpox vaccine effective for if you got it at age 5y?

How long is the chickenpox vaccine effective for if you got it at age 5y?

Life long: We now recommend a booster so that you should receive 2 doses to provide lifelong immunity. After one dose many people were still getting chicken pox infection, albeit mild. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Is it safe for someone who has received the zostavax vaccine to be near a newborn? If not, how many days should they wait before it is safe again?

Is it safe for someone who has received the zostavax vaccine to be near a newborn? If not, how many days should they wait before it is safe again?

Likely safe: If the mother of the newborn has had chickenpox then the baby has passive immunity for some time. Additionally, secondary spread of this weakened vaccine virus does not occur much at all. ...Read more

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How long after getting rabies vaccine after exposure will it completely prevent disease? My question is referring to after the very first shot.

How long after getting rabies vaccine after exposure will it completely prevent disease? My question is referring to after the very first shot.

Rabies prevention: For a 'real' exposure, immediate protection is usually given in the form of rabies immune globulin. I wonder if you were given that? The rabies vaccine series takes 14 days to administer the 4 shots (5 if the body is weak). After the first shot, you body will start its 'homework' but it's going to be at least 10 days after that before you're immune system is fully operational vs. rabies. ...Read more

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If vaccination for rota virus and pneumonia is not given at the age of 2 months to a baby; can it be given at age if 5 months..?

If vaccination for rota virus and pneumonia is not given at the age of 2 months to  a baby; can it be given at age if 5 months..?

Varies: I believe one of the rotovirus vaccines is not supposed to be started after 4 months.I expect it would be protective but the manufacturer has those guidelines.Any vaccine is likely to provide benefit as soon as you can give it. Vaccine developments and improvements are one of the greatest successes we have in pediatric care. ...Read more

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Is it okay to administer fluzone quadrivalent vaccine and MMR at the same time to a 9 month old baby boy?if not,how long fluzone can be given after MMR shot?

Is it okay to administer fluzone quadrivalent vaccine and MMR at the same time to a 9 month old baby boy?if not,how long fluzone can be given after MMR shot?

Yes and no: The 2 vaccines are fine to give on the same day, but MMR is generally not given until 12 mo unless there are local cases and or expected travel into areas where there are active cases.If given at 9 mo a repeat dose at 12 mo would be expected to assure immunity. ...Read more

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How long does the chicken pox vaccine last for children? Will a booster be needed in the future?

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How long does the chicken pox vaccine last for children?  Will a booster be needed in the future?

May need a booster: One dose of chickenpox vaccination will provide long term but probably not life long immunity. Immunity can be checked by a blood test. A booster maybe needed in the future. The effectiveness of the vaccination depends on the individual. Some people (1 in 5)will still get chickenpox despite the vaccination but they tend to get a much milder form of the disease. ...Read more

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I'm 16 years old. I've been on the Depo-Provera shot for at least a year. Is it possible to get an UTI while on the shot. If so what actions should be taken.

I'm 16 years old. I've been on the Depo-Provera shot for at least a year. Is it possible to get an UTI while on the shot. If so what actions should be taken.

Yes: It is possible to develop a UTI whether or not using depo. See doctor if you believe that you have a urinary tract infection. Please let your parents know. ...Read more

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What happens if i get the tdap vaccine, how long will it be before i'm fully immunized?

What happens if i get the tdap vaccine, how long will it be before i'm fully immunized?

Depends on your past: It depends on your past immunization If you have had primary immunization with dpt pediatric vaccine 5 doses given before age 6.Then you need a booster every 10 years only Otherwise you start with primary immunization and booster after 10 years ...Read more

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If a child already took the oral polio vaccine, is it still desirable he get the injection as well?

If a child already took the oral polio vaccine, is it still desirable he get the injection as well?

Depends:: If enough doses were administered at appropriate times, injectable vaccine may not be necessary. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a 2nd MMR vaccination at Age 17? What are the risks?

Yes: The general risks are negligible.Occasionally teens will get transient joint pain a week or so after the shot, reflecting a body reaction to the measles component, but this is minor and usually fades within a few days. ...Read more

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Should i get a shingles shot? 69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money. However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

Should i get a shingles shot?  69 years old, had chicken pox, exposed to genital herpes apparently the lowest cost shingles shot i can get is $75, which for a senior on a fixed income is a lot of money.  

However, i had chicken pox as a child; i've never

I : I would recommend that it is beneficial to get shingles vaccine for you. The risk of you getting shingles is as average as any person of your age group. Genital herpes does not have any role in incidence of shingles. But the after effects of shingles (postherpetic neuralgia), meaning pain and burning sensation in the area where the person had the rash from shingles even after the rash disappears in some individuals is very uncomfortable and this seems to increase with age. The benefit from vaccine decreases as you delay the vaccine after 70 yrs. The vaccine has shown that it decreases the intensity of shingles episode and incidence and intensity of post herpetic neuralgia. If you sum the cost of the doctor visits and medications needed to treat post herpetic neuralgia, the cost of shingles vaccine is definitely lower. I hope this is helpful. I wish you the very best. ...Read more

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If the life expectancy of a child born with HIV is 3 years, then why is it the people catch HIV as an adult? How did it progress to adults having it?

If the life expectancy of a child born with HIV is 3 years, then why is it the people catch HIV as an adult? How did it progress to adults having it?

Depends where u live: In developed countries like the usa medical science has developed new drugs to keep an HIV patient alive for a very long time. That medication is quite expensive ; if you live in a third world country this kind of therapy is not readily available. You also have to have an educated public because the regimen in taking the medication is very important. ...Read more

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Is it worth getting vaccinated for Hpv when you suspect that you already have it? Is it of any use/ beneficial? (26yr old male)

Gardasil indications: Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, recommends vaccination for people age 9-26 for prevention of some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and certain cancers. It will not treat the infection if it has already been transmitted, but may offer protection from getting infected with other strains. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get the Hep A, Hep B, MMR, Varicella, and Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccines at the same time? If there is side effects, how quickly would they occur?

Is it ok to get the Hep A, Hep B, MMR, Varicella, and Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccines at the same time? If there is side effects, how quickly would they occur?

It is fine: The most common to all are local site soreness. The next would be swelling or redness in the muscle where one is injected. Rarely a person is allergic to some component of the vaccine & hives might occur. The immune "stress" on the body is well tolerated. That combo adds up to a fraction of the stress the old smallpox vaccine had alone. I consider separate day dosing on a kid a form of child abuse ...Read more

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If a child has had all three hep b shots are they immunized for life are does it starts to wear off at a certain age and they get it again?

If a child has had all three hep b shots are they immunized for life are does it starts to wear off at a certain age and they get it again?

Generally the 3: Hep B shots are supposed to last for life,but no vaccine has a 100% conversion rate(immunity),so it is possible for the immunity to wear off.I have had some patients who were tested(needed for work in the healthcare field)and were no longer immune, so they were re-vaccinated.At this point, testing for immunity is not a general recommendation.Please speak to your child's MD if you have further ?s. ...Read more

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What does a delayed vaccine schedule mean and is it better to vaccine children in the schedules already approved and recommended?

What does a delayed vaccine schedule mean and is it better to vaccine children in the schedules already approved and recommended?

Hard to be a parent: Unfortunately, the fraud of few discredited researchers has led many to avoid or delay vaccines.Playboy bunnies use their fame to offer alternative schedules. Sadly, the delay has led to avoidable deaths in the US. There is no schedule better or more successful than the one indicated by the AAP and your doc. Accept the junk science behind the anti-vaccine movement and your kid may die as a result. ...Read more

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On a scale of 1-10 how important is it to get tetanus booster shots? And what is the probability that i would ever contract tetanus?

On a scale of 1-10 how important is it to get tetanus booster shots? And what is the probability that i would ever contract tetanus?

Tetanus: Dont gamble with your health by not taking a harmless tetanus shot. You should have a booster and because of the whooping cough epidemic you should get an attenuated DPT shot this time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get measles even if I've had the vaccine as a child?

Is it possible to get measles even if I've had the vaccine as a child?

Yes: All vaccines have a known failure percentage with some more than others. Measles as part of the MMR was given as a single dose to many kids up until the mid 1990's when it became evident a 2nd dose was needed.Today we occasionally see local measles after exposure to imported (international travel) cases.Docs can verify your protective antibodies with a blood test. ...Read more

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


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