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Is It A Good Idea To Give My Child The Gardisil Vaccine
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
I recently had a colposcopy due to a pap that showed hpv, with a cancer free result. I am in my 50's and wonder if getting an off-label gardasil vaccine is a good idea or a waste of money?
Good thinking yet no: data from human trials. Vaccines work by alerting immune system responses to foreign chemical structures on surface of virus/bacteria, ones not encountered previously. Little data exists on repeated challenging with related structures when person has already had clinically apparent versions of the disease. Larger issues=complexity of immune system (brain control 24/7) responses poorly understood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Hpv is only one of more than a dozen illnesses that can be transmitted through intercourse & actually only covers 4 of dozens of strains of that virus, the ones associated with cancer of genital warts. Some may want to think of that way to hide from the reality of sex. Males & females can acquire the germ & keep it in their system for decades before it returns to cause cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flu vacine 2012 child had recent bone marrow transplant is vaccine good idea ? Any research on this?
Yes: Bond arrow transplant eliminates the white cells that contain memory of previous illnesses and vaccines. It is recommended to receive certain vaccines including the flu vaccine. Check with the hematologist first though as certain vaccines are live vaccines that should not be received if you are immunosuppressed. ...Read more
Is there a doctor in the Washington DC area who will give me (a 34 year old male) the new Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine? I will pay for it out of pocket.
Ideas on why a person who had the diphtheria vaccine as a child but hasn't had a second vaccination become susceptible to diphtheria later in life?
Wears off: The clones of protective lymphocytes die off as part of the process of living and acquiring new immunity. The same happens for most immunizations. ...Read more
Gardasil: In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause approximately 90% of genital warts cases. Also helps against 70% of vaginal cancer and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against approximately 90% of genital warts cases. ...Read more
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