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Not really: Getting extra doses may increase the local side effects, but generally it just adds a bit more of an immunity boost. ...Read more
Can the INFANRIX HEXA vaccine (which includes Hepatitis B) cause elevated liver enzymes AST and ALT? If yes, is this dangerous for an infant?
2 answers:: 1. Hexa contains only a single protein component of Hep B and cannot cause Hepatitis by itself; 2. AST/ALT elevation can be a sign of a significant problem in an infant, and needs a thorough workup. With problems such as biliary atresia or galactosemia, this needs to be done sooner rather than later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tdap vs dtap: Infanrix is diptheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis and is a vaccine made for 4 and under. Tdap is tetanus, diptheria, and acellular pertussis for 11y of age and older, including adults. There would be no reason an adult should receive dtap instead of tdap. The alternative for an adult would be td. ...Read more
My baby is 2 months old and he had today his first vaccination(infanrix hexa).How often should i check him during night for fever?Every 2-3hours?
Vaccination: That sounds good, however I would make it practical. It is probably sufficient to check the baby every time you feed the baby. Remember you are mother who has to care of your precious baby and you want to make sure that you get some rest too! in order to care for your baby ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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