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Is Chickenpox Safe For Kids
??confusing question: Wild chicken pox in its hayday annually infected 2-4 million people/yr, usually kids, killed ~50 & led to 10thou hosps in the US. The present vaccine was first available in Japan & evaluated for 16 years before becoming adopted for general use in the US (delay primarily for cost/benefit issues).CP deaths are now quite rare.Negatives include poor protection for some & vaccine related chicken pox. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Vaccine news often causes parents to worry - especially since our country doesn't see the actual diseases often. The risks of taking the vaccine are very small compared to the effects of the infection. I would encourage you to talk to your MD about your concerns but I don't hesitate to vaccinate my patients with epilepsy. http://www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/national/epilepsy%20research%20uk/assets/vaccinationandepilepsy.pdf ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Safe: Mmr and other standard vaccinations are generally safe. The risks of vaccinations have been greatly exaggerated in the media over the past couple of decades. It is well established that some of the data implicating vaccinations as risky was falsified data. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: This has not been available in the us since the 80's. The MMR was the product of 8 years of additional research after the single vaccine was licensed and reduced the number of vaccines per kid, it is safe and effective.The fraudulent research published by wakefield in 1998 suggesting otherwise was refuted by later research and retracted buy the publisher.Wakefield lost his license over the fraud. ...Read more
Risk:benefit: No medication, supplement or vaccine is 100% without risk to all people. In the case of vaccines, the risk of serious illness, disability or death is considered far higher than the risks of vaccination. For this reason, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization have adopted vaccine schedule recommendations which have been spectacularly successful in reducing disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varicella vaccine: Yes. There is a sure way of determining one's immunity level - a varicella titer done by a blood test. Adults need 2 doses, given one month apart. I often recommend non-immune parents to get the vaccine simultaneously when their one-year-old gets it or better still, at least a month or two before their child turns one. In addition, other non-immune family members should also be vaccinated. ...Read more
Fever reducers: Since fever from the measles vaccine can occur after 7 days, it is advisable to use paracetamol then. Try not to give paracetamol or any other fever or pain reducer shortly after getting the vaccine because recent reports indicate lessened immune reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How dangerous is for a 3 month baby (breastfeeding) to acquire chicken pox? Mom had it on infancy. Is there a vaccine or immunoglobulin available?
Not dangerous: A 3 months old gets enough immunoglobulins from the mother during pregnancy to protect till about age 6 months,if the mother had chicken pox as a child that means she has protective antibodies in her system and was transferred to the baby,rare at this age to have chicken pox,vaccination is available,but given at age 1, immunoglobulins are indicated for immune deficient patients, ur baby isn't ...Read more
Yes: The present Cpx vaccine was first developed in Japan & used there for years (~16) before it was licensed here for general use.Stringent safety requirements of the FDA were met early on but a favorable cost/benefit was not worked out until later.Before the vaccine, Cpx deaths ~50/yr and hospitalizations 10K/yr, now both are rare. A few patients get a mild rash with blisters after the shot. ...Read more
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