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Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

False associations : The vaccine haters have tried to link shots to crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism over the past 30 yrs. Each time the science & biology have proven them wrong. The british doc who claimed MMR triggered cases lost his license when his fraudulent research was exposed. Autism is emerging as a gene linked defect & future research may point to its origin, but it has found no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

Virus: If they're all named with the same genus because they are related. Chicken pox is a herpesvirus; the rule only works with the latin names. These viruses mutate and gene-swap so that's how they can 'jump species' and change from being zoonotic to affecting humans. ...Read more

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How is the meningococcal vaccine different from the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

How is the meningococcal vaccine different from the meningococcal meningitis vaccine?

The same: A vaccine is a set of proteins that trigger your body to produce antibodies against a certain agent. In this case it is the agent that causes Meningococcal infections. The most serious Meningococcal infection is the one that involves the meninges of the brain. This becomes Meningococcal meningitis. Good antibodies that build up from the vaccine can protect against the meningitis. ...Read more

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Is there a tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component?

Is there a tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component?

Tetanus Toxoid: Tetanus toxoid is the vaccine for tetanus without diphtheria. Routine booster 0.5 ml im of tetanus toxoid adsorbed or 0.5 ml im or subcutaneously of tetanus toxoid given 10 years after completion of primary immunization and every 10 years thereafter. If a dose is given sooner as part of wound management, the next booster is not needed for 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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What has everybody got to say about the world health organization's plan to make certain flu a pandemic .?

What has everybody got to say about the world health organization's plan to make certain flu a pandemic .?

Bad information: The who has a mandate to study, and help eliminate disease and human misery. Who may declare a particular flu to be pandemic but this is not a plan, nor a hoped for outcome. Their role here is to alert public health authorities to prepare for a pandemic to limit the spread and cope with those who develop the illness. ...Read more

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Doctor said that i'm immune to hepatitis b, which is good. This is obviously from being vaccinated? (twinrix 3 injections). Am i 100% safe from hep b?

Doctor said that i'm immune to hepatitis b, which is good. This is obviously from being vaccinated? (twinrix 3 injections). Am i 100% safe from hep b?

Likely: You are nearly 100% immune but there is always a possiblity of losing the immunity. If the doctor thinks that you are immune to hepatitis b is because you were tested for the hb surface antibody and it was present indicating that you are still immune. Precautions should still be taken as necessary and necessitated. ...Read more

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What is the foodborne illness red tide? Bama jam?

What is the foodborne illness red tide? Bama jam?

Algae Blood: Red tide refers to an algal bloom that accumulates rapidly some associated with the production of natural toxins, depletion of dissolved oxygen or other harmful effects, generally described as harmful algal blooms. Humans can become seriously ill from eating oysters and other shellfish contaminated with red tide toxin. Not all are red and not all vary with the tides. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis linked to the MMR vaccine?

Is ulcerative colitis linked to the MMR vaccine?

Doubtful: Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis which has already been diagnosed are at high risk for complications from vaccine preventable diseases and should be fully vaccinated. Special schedules for live vaccine administration are followed for those on immunosuppressive therapy. It is not been proven that vaccines CAUSE inflammatory bowel diseases. ...Read more

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Sacral herpes - just as contagious ?

Sacral herpes  - just as contagious ?

YES: If the person takes 1 valacyclovir or acyclovir a day she will be less cantagious but not complete protection. This med can also be used at onset of any attack to make it less severe. Herpes virus will be present on the skin sometimes when there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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65 yo f. 4 mo. Occ. Violent cough, low grade fever, malaise, and occ. Ant. Ha 4/10 . Lives in desert. Neg cocci, ppd, & pertussis. Ebv+age 15. Thanks.

65 yo f. 4 mo. Occ. Violent cough, low grade fever, malaise, and occ. Ant. Ha 4/10 . Lives in desert. Neg cocci, ppd, & pertussis. Ebv+age 15. Thanks.

Complex issue: Chronic cough has many causes. Ask you doctor if reflux could be the cause, and if so, would it be appropriate to do a 48 hour wireless pH study (Bravo device) off medication to see if the cough coreates to reflux episodes. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Fatigue studies (CFS?): For poor concentration & memory, could a neurologist help? Current specialist advisors: sleep, rheumat., endocrin., immun. MDs

Fatigue studies (CFS?): For poor concentration & memory, could a neurologist help? Current specialist advisors: sleep, rheumat., endocrin., immun. MDs

Team: If your team has all of these physicians on the case, adding a neurologist may be superfluous. One physician should be coordinating your care in order to access the expertise of the others. ...Read more

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What type of pathogen causes the chikungunya virus?

What type of pathogen causes the chikungunya virus?

RNA virus: Chikungunya belongs to family Togaviridae & genus Alphavirus. It is an RNA virus. ...Read more

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In ICU Jan 2016 - toxic granulation, NRBC .3, atyp lymphs 6%. No diagnosis. May 2017 admitted w/ naus/vom. WBC 3.4, RBC 3.6, hgb 8. Any link?

In ICU Jan 2016 - toxic granulation, NRBC .3, atyp lymphs 6%. No diagnosis. May 2017 admitted w/ naus/vom. WBC 3.4, RBC 3.6, hgb 8. Any link?

Not relevant: The link if any with your 2016 admission may not be relevant. You are anemic and that needs to be investigated, along with your other symptoms. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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How can somebody in west Africa prevent his self from contracting ebola virus?

How can somebody in west Africa prevent his self from contracting ebola virus?

Isolation: Avoid areas where the disease is occurring. Stay away from infected individuals and corpses of victims of the disease. ...Read more

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I'm 22, female, type 1 diabetic 20 years & graves disease. Had baby 12/2 & sick for month. Angina, irregular heartrate, syncope, short of breath. Help?

I'm 22, female, type 1 diabetic 20 years & graves disease. Had baby 12/2 & sick for month. Angina, irregular heartrate, syncope, short of breath. Help?

PCP visit: I would suggest having your thyroid function tests obtained, and an evaluation for autoimmune disease. The other test that you should have while you are at the PCP, is an EKG. ...Read more

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Why has autism rates remained the same since thimerosal has been eliminated from vaccines in 2001?

Why has autism rates remained the same since thimerosal has been eliminated from vaccines in 2001?

Autism: According to the cdc, no association between MMR and autism. There was a theory that the thymersol preservative was contributing to autism, but the autism rates rose even after the thymersol was removed. It is a major mistake to not have one's kids fully vaccinated. The cause of autism is not known, although recent studied suggest a relationship with fever during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Swine Flu (Definition)

A human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain ...Read more