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How Long Is The Flu Vaccine Good For
Usually a lifetime: If hepatitis a and hepatitis b vaccines are provided in the standard manner recommended--receiving all the required doses (boosters) and spaced out appropriately, then a significant degree of protection should last for a lifetime. There are some exceptions and exclusions to this statement based on individuals with specific immunodeficiencies and as to whether the vaccines were stored properly. ...Read more
Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more
What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?
No limit BUT: The hpv vaccine is meant to be given three doses over 6-12 months with at least 4 months between dose 1 and 3. You should try to get the dosing done at the right times, but if you cannot you do not ever need to restart the series, just complete the series as directed once you can. There is no period that is too long in between, but do your best to complete is 6-12 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Define effective: The flu strains mutate often. Each year the predominant strains change. The flu vaccine is developed yearly using 3 strains that are circulating and already causing flu in so many places that a they are expected to continue.The vaccine stimulate production of antibodies to the included strains that last for years. However, the flu mutates so often, the benefit can be limited to one season. ...Read more
Up to 2 weeks?: The virus binds to and enters the tracheobronchial ciliated epithelium by utilizing the viral surface hemagglutinin (h antigen). Viral replication then occurs. Peak viral shedding occurs in the first 48 to 72 hours of exposure to the virus, then declines and becomes undetectable within 10 days. Children and immunocompromised people may shed virus for several weeks. . ...Read more
How many shot does the tuberculosis vaccine require and after the treatment is complete how long does it take for me to be immune?
There is no immunity: I assume you're talking to the only available vaccine that has been around since 1921, this is also known as bcg. Vaccine provides a tiny amount of protection for small group of people only. It seems to be safe however you will test positive for tuberculosis for the rest of your life. ...Read more
EFFECTIVE 10 YEARS: It is recommended a booster be given every ten years, as first tdap is given at age of 11, to children who have completed primary vaccination ate age four with five doses of dtap, that is three doses in first year, one in second year after age 15 months, fifth at or after age 4 years. Only exception is if there is a dirty cut after 5 years than a booster of tetanus toxoid or combined tdap may be given. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies by Location: If you have insurance it is covered by most insurance without any copay and is available at most drug stores like CVS/WALGREN and others.Also available at your doctor' office If you have no insurance it may cost you approx. 25 to 30 dollars in NJ.Price may vary in other states ...Read more
10 days or never: Avian flu (h5n1) will run its course in birds in about ten days - if the bird survives (and most do) they will not be shedding virus after approx 10 and are then no longer a risk. Unfortunately the flu virus is fairly stable and a person can get infected after simply touching a contaminated surface. Fortunately, we haven't had big outbreaks of avian flu in the west (yet!). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extremely Important: Pneumococcal vaccine, also known as prevnar13, protects your infant against the most common bacterial cause of meningitis and pneumonia, as well as ear and blood infections. The risks of the vaccine are minimal and pale in comparison to the diseases prevented. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HPV vaccination: These vaccines are relatively new, so the 'final' answer isn't known. The 2 HPV vaccines -Gardasil & Cervarix are highly effective in preventing HPV for the types included in the vaccine. Data seems to show protection against persistent cervical HPV 16/18 infections for up to 8 years-the length of time research follow-up has been done. Still a good idea though to practice safe sex; 2 avoid disease ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vaxchora: “Vaxchora is a live, attenuated vaccine. The V. choleraevaccine strain in Vaxchora produces an incomplete, nontoxic version of the cholera toxin. Vaxchora replicates in the gastrointestinal tract.” It induces an anticholera immune response. REF: https://www.paxvaxconnect.com/vaxchora?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=vaxchora&utm_campaign=HCP%20Brand ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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