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Is it a good idea to give my child the gardisil vaccine?

Is it a good idea to give my child the gardisil vaccine?

Yes: The Gardasil vaccine protects boys and girls from infections by certain viruses that cause genital warts, cervical cancer, and anal cancer. A child needs to already have the protection before coming into contact with the viruses. That means one should not wait until after sexual contact to get the vaccine. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

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


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Is it safe to give my baby a combination vaccine?

Is it safe to give my baby a combination vaccine?

Yes: Monitored by the american council on immunization & prophylaxis and the american academy of pediatrics among others, vaccines are far safer now than in years past. Extensive testing is always done prior to general release of a new combination vaccine to ensure that this new offering is at least as good if not better than the original vaccines given separately. So yes a combination vaccine is safe. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to delay the HPV vaccine a year?

Would it be a good idea to delay the HPV vaccine a year?

Hard to say: You certainly delay any benefit from the vaccine if it is delayed or the series is incomplete.You provide no reason for considering a delay.Patients at my office can get the vaccine unless they have a significant illness during the visit. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to have the flu jab?

Is it a good idea to have the flu jab?

Flu Jab?: Are you asking about an influenza vaccine (flu shot)? If yes, the influenza vaccine is your best bet at protecting yourself against influenza infection (which can be quite serious). ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 3-month-old to get the dtap vaccine?

Is it safe for a 3-month-old to get the dtap vaccine?

Yes: The vaccines are one of the most important health advances in the 20th century and research is ongoing.There are always skeptics, and misinformation circulated by the vaccine haters have lead to substantial increases in whooping cough deaths in the US. At 2500 cases and no deaths in the 90's, there were 40000 cases and 30 deaths last yr. ...Read more

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My toddler is allergic to eggs. Is it safe for him to have the flu vaccine?

My toddler is allergic to eggs.  Is it safe for him to have the flu vaccine?

No flu shot if.....: Current 2014 CDC contraindications to the flu shot include: previous allergic reaction to flu vaccine, infants under 6 months of age. People with egg allergies MAY POSSIBLY be candidates for flu vaccination (talk to your doctor) . Precaution is advised for those with history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccine, and those with current moderate to severe illnesses. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a child with epilepsy to get MMR vaccine?

Is it safe for a child with epilepsy to get MMR vaccine?

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 more

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Is it safe to get your child immunized for everything?

Is it safe to get your child immunized for everything?

Depends: There are a few kids that are allergic to certain components of a specific vaccine, and there are many vaccines available that are not given on a routine basis. The standard childhood vaccines are safe and effective when given as recommended by the AAP/AAFP. ...Read more

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My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

It's good!: The flu can make some people much sicker than others. It can lead to pneumonia, ; make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea ; seizures in infants/children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, ; many more are hospitalized. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have-esp against its complications. It helps prevent spread to/from others. It's safe. ...Read more

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Is it important to give my baby a multivitamin?

Is it important to give my baby a multivitamin?

No: Actually the only question is whether there is enough vitamin d in everyone's breast milk. To be safe, it is recommended that breast fed babies be given a vitamin d supplement which can be given alone or as part of a multivitamin. The other vitamins in the multivitamins are not currently seen to be necessary. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a 12 month old baby with eczema to get the varicella vaccine?

Is it safe for a 12 month old baby with eczema to get the varicella vaccine?

Varicella: Yes. However, the vaccine may cause a flareup of the eczema, but it is more important for your child to get the vaccine because the eczema can always be treated. ...Read more

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On a scale of 1-10 how important is it to get tetanus booster shots? And what is the probability that i would ever contract tetanus?

On a scale of 1-10 how important is it to get tetanus booster shots? And what is the probability that i would ever contract tetanus?

Tetanus: Dont gamble with your health by not taking a harmless tetanus shot. You should have a booster and because of the whooping cough epidemic you should get an attenuated DPT shot this time. ...Read more

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Why is it a good idea to swaddle my child?

Why is it a good idea to swaddle my child?

Comfort: Swaddling makes your baby feel nice and cozy and comfortable. It also keeps them from waking themselves up with their failing arm and leg movements (which they can't quite control yet). Swaddling imitates the warm, soft and tight environment they had in the womb, making them feel safe and secure. Swaddle for naps, bedtime and fussiness. ...Read more

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Is the new year a particularly good time to think about your health for coming year? If so, why is it a good time to get prepared?

Is the new year a particularly good time to think about your health for coming year? If so, why is it a good time to get prepared?

Maybe: Anytime is a good time to assess your health and think about what you might do to be healthier and make healthie choices. Many associate the new year with a 'fresh start' so that may make a good time but there is also an argument that people tend to break new year reslutions soon. Make a conscous choice to choose to be healthy , exercise, loose weight, change your diet, but make it a life change! ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to send birth announcements while my baby is still in the nursery?

Is it a bad idea to send birth announcements while my baby is still in the nursery?

When you find time!: Birth announcements are wonderful to send any time after the baby's birth. But, don't stress about getting them out at any certain time; you'll have enough to do for the first few weeks. Send them whenever you feel comfortable and don't feel like you must stress yourself additionally to get them out at some predetermined time. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to give a kid a break from his ADHD medication over the weekend?

Is it a good idea to give a kid a break from his ADHD medication over the weekend?

Depends on function: Adhd affects many aspects of function: school/work, social interactions, participation in sports & other activities, operating motor vehicles & other equipment, etc. Mood dysregulation (low frustration tolerance & poor impulse control) can be problematic anytime, anywhere. If child can function on weekends without med then a break is fine, but most will have problems without med. Individualize. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a DPT to a pregnant person?

Is it safe to give a DPT to a pregnant person?

Yes: The recommended vaccine is the tdap, which is composed of non-living material and poses no problem to a developing fetus.We recommend that not only mom but dad, grandparents and others in close contact with a new baby be up to date with these vaccines and flu, so they cannot carry the germs to baby during the vulnerable period of early infancy. ...Read more

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Immunization (Definition)

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 ...Read more