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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Overview)

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 the virulent, "wild" organism.


Dr. Mark Diamond
1,091 Doctors shared insights

Immunization (Overview)

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 the virulent, "wild" organism.


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What is Immunization good for?

What is Immunization good for?

Many benefits: Vaccines prevent diseases that can cause illness, disability and death. In just the last few decades, for example, the availability of vaccines to prevent infection with Hib, a bacteria that caused meningitis, epiglottitis and sepsis, has saved countless lives and prevented disability. Prior to the vaccine, one in 200 children under the age of five years developed serious Hib infection and up to 30 percent of those became permanently hearing impaired. Even with antibiotic treatment, Hib disease caused over 400 childhood deaths a year, the tip of a huge iceberg of disability. It was the leading cause of acquired mental retardation. Effective vaccination has reduced the rate of Hib disease by 99%. The current generation of parents has had the benefit of never knowing someone with polio, smallpox, measles, meningitis due to Hib, diphtheria, tetanus. Most have never seen Rubella, a common illness prior to vaccine introduction. During an epidemic of Rubella between 1964 and 1965, about 20, 000 infants were born with deafness, blindness, heart disease, mental retardation, and other birth defects because the rubella virus infected their pregnant mothers. The meningococcal vaccine prevents an illness that can result in permanent and profound brain damage, lead to amputation of limbs, and can result in death very quickly.
Epidemiological studies have clearly demonstrated that vaccination against influenza in the community can prevent about 23, 000 deaths per year in those over 65 regardless of their immunization status, making unvaccinated children potential bioterrorists for their grandparents during a flu epidemic. Over 10, 000 deaths per year from pneumonia in those over 65 have been prevented with vaccines.
Effective coverage of a community with vaccination provides protection for those too fragile to be vaccinated such as those with leukaemia, who often die from vaccine preventable diseases. The cost benefits of vaccination are indisputable with figures of savings of over $25.00 in direct costs per dollar spent on vaccine development, manufacture and administration. The cost reduction approaches billions of dollars a year. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of Immunization?

What are the benefits of Immunization?

Immunizations: Can prevent illness from occurring with exposure to particular pathogens. ...Read more

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How to obtain your immunization records?

How to obtain your immunization records?

Look for backups: In my state the law requires that I keep records (including vaccinations) on kids for 7 years from their last visit or 21 yrs, whichever is longer. Retrieval of the information is provided for a fee. Schools & day care facilities will often have a backup list available for review. Some states have a vaccine registry, but parents may have to opt-in to have their kids info recorded. ...Read more

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What is a justifiable child immunization?

What is a justifiable child immunization?

Justified??: Sounds like a skeptic ignoring the epidemics and losses we suffered to get here. Ben Franklin lost a son to Smallpox & recorded his regret in not vaccinating him due to his own skepticism. As long as there is international air travel & pockets of these diseases around the world, our kids deserve the best protection from them we can develop. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Immunization?

Immunization: For the most part these are minor (for example, a sore arm or low-grade fever) and go away within a few days. However, each immunization has potentially associated serious complications which need to be acknowledged at the time of the immunization, ie. Very rare severe problems have been reported after DTaP vaccine such as long term seizures and permanent brain damage. ...Read more

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Longlasting effects of childhood immunization?

Longlasting effects of childhood immunization?

Good Health: The oldest current standard immunization is from the mid-20th century. There are no known serious long term side effects. The long lasting effects are less disease, healthier children and millions--that's right-- millions of lives saved! ...Read more

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What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

Immunization: The 1st shot your baby will receive is the 1st Hepatitis B vaccine before leaving the hospital, 2nd Hepatitis B at age 1 mos, then Dtap, Ipv & Hib (pentacel), pcv & rota virus vaccine all at age 2 mos, next set of sts ages 4 & 6 mos. I hope that answers your questions. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

What is the first immunization shot a baby gets?

Immunization: The first immunization that a baby receives is the hepatitis B vaccine. More information about vaccines can be found http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/parents/ -- details which vaccines are given at each visit and details about each vaccination. ...Read more

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Where can I find a copy of my immunization records?

Where can I find a copy of my immunization records?

3 Sources: Your pediatrician, your parents or your grade school. Some one should have these records. ...Read more

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How should I go about getting immunization records?

How should I go about getting immunization records?

Varies: Most states require docs to keep records for a specified length of time. In my state, this is until they turn 21 and have not been in for 7 years. My staff can retreive data if we have it. After the specified dates, the records are shreaded. If not available in the office, old school records can also have the data. Some states have a registry, but people must opt-in for their data to be stored. ...Read more

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Is there a free immunization program in every state?

Generally Yes: Call your local county health department for local information regarding these programs. ...Read more

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Who would have my immunization records if I lost mine?

Who would have my immunization records if I lost mine?

Schools and Doctor: The record may be available from your school system. Yor doctor should have them. And some states have a state immunization registry. And ask your parents. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immunization?

Build immunity: 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 the virulent, wild-type organism is met. ...Read more

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What immunization are really realy necessary for my baby?

What immunization are really realy necessary for my baby?

All: Quite frankly, all of them. The current list of vaccinations have been vetted thru ongoing research and surveillance to be safe and prevent what used to be millions of cases and thousands of deaths. When not given to people, the rate of the preventable diseases rises leading to more suffering. Some of the diseases were more common than others, but the suffering was blind to bias. Do you want to risk baby. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby to be sick after her immunization?

Is it possible for a baby to be sick after her immunization?

Vaccinations: Yes. Of course. The vaccinations cause a revving up of the immune system to make the appropriate antibodies to prevent deadly illness later. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an immunization shot to stop hurting?

How long is it supposed to it take for an immunization shot to stop hurting?

2-3 days: Usually sore for 1-3 days. If it keeps hurting much longer than that, it's not common and probably a good idea to check with your provider. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you loose your childs immunization records?

Could you tell me what happens if you loose your childs immunization records?

Look for backups: In my state the law requires that I keep records (including vaccinations) on kids for 7 years from their last visit or 21 yrs, whichever is longer. Retrieval of the information is provided for a fee. Schools & day care facilities will often have a backup list available for review. Some states have a vaccine registry, but parents may have to opt-in to have their kids info recorded. ...Read more