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Is My Unvaccinated Child At Risk By Being Near A Recently Vaccinated Child
I heard that the MMR vaccine is a live shedding virus. Is this true and if so should I keep my unvaccinated baby away from those recently vaccinated?
No vaccines: If an child does not get vaccines and gets sick then he could give it to other children (even vaccinated ones). No vaccine is 100% effective, some aren't even 90% effective so there is a chance that the vaccine didn't work on your child and if he's exposed to someone with the illness he could get sick. Also some vaccines wear off over time so if it has worn off your child could get sick. ...Read more
Giving them disease: There are illnesses that the initial vaccine can not provide protection if given before a certain age, and some that take 2 or more doses to protect them. Unvaccinated can get,incubate and spread illnesses before they show symptoms.Outbreaks of measles this year in Houston were traced to such a source.Most kids that die from pertussis are ...Read more
Could you tell me if vaccines work, how comees an unvaccinated child pose a risk to a vaccinated one?
Immunity: Many very young children are not yet fully immunized. They need the full series of vaccines over the course of a few years. In addition, some vaccines provide herd immunity where other people who are immunized provide some protection to younger people who are not yet completely immunized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If vaccination protects children from diseases, why can an unvaccinated child infect a vaccinated child?
Vaccines seldom 100%: The protection provided by vaccines can approach 100% in some cases but not all. Infected kids spread their diseases to infants that are too young to be vaccinated, those that have not completed a full vaccine series or those whose immune system fails to have a full benefit from the vaccine.A measles outbreak in houston was traced to air travelers entering from abroad, 1/3 vaccinated, 2/3 not. ...Read more
Is it possible for a vaccinated child to be carrying chicken pox and give it to an unvaccinated person?
Both are possible: Because vaccines are not 100% effective, occasionally a vaccinated child gets a case of real chicken pox (not from the vaccine) and could pass it to an unvaccinated, non-immune person. Once in a while, a child who got the vaccine a few days ago can have some skin bumps containing the vaccine chicken pox virus, and could pass that virus to a non-immune person, who would be getting a "free vaccine". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?
Not the only symptom: Bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache and neck ache- not just general malaise and nausea....That sounds more like flu. Viral meningitis can be passed form person to person and bacterial forms that we do not have vaccines for so yes to second part of question- if you have concerns about meningitis that person needs to be seen asap. ...Read more
My unvaccinated kitten had just lightly scratched me But it is from a friends cat who was vaccinated there was notreally any broken skin Is it serious?
Need more info: There is a saying that "if anything can go wrong it will". Please make an appointment with your family physician to look at the area affected to be sure you are OK. There are many many germs on the cat's nails. ...Read more
Unvaccinated kitten (now vaccinated, just 2 days ago) has been scratching me (in play) for over a month now. should i get rabies shots in case?
No need for shots: It is not possible for a kitten who has never been outside to get rabies. In order for a cat to get rabies, they must be bitten by a rabid animal. Also, rabies is transmitted in saliva of an infected animal and transmitted by a bite, not a scratch. As long as the kitten acts well and has never been bitten by a wild animal, there is no risk to you for rabies, so no need for shots. ...Read more
Do unvaccinated children's immune systems strengthen viral infections that are passed to vaccinated children? (Colds or flu)
No: No evidence to support your suspicion.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unvaccinated child with measles. What is the chance of a child dying or having severe complications from the measles?
Can an unvaccinated mother get rotovirus from a baby who just had roto vaccine through his mouth (through touching baby, s binky by mouth)?
Unlikely: Most adults have long since developed immunity to rota virus & such a minimal exposure would be unlikely to pass it to you. There is actually vaccine virus in the poop of every vaccinated kid that remains for up to 6 weeks after a dose. Even an adult with no prior exposure to the virus would be unlikely to become sick, since the vaccine is a weakened strain to begin with, not the wild virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go to County health?: If the dog is owned by a friend and did not appear to be ill, there is very low likelihood of rabies. But if you were bitten by a wild dog or an unknown one, then you should call the county health department for vaccination recommendations as well as animal control to capture the dog. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
100%: Measles used to be a common childhood illness and most children got it and did fine like all illnesses there are some who get a more severe case and have complications which can be life threatening. If you are in poor health or immunocompromised then you are at risk for problems. Healthy people often do fine. Cod liver oil can be very helpful as can some chinese herbs that support the immune syst. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If bitten by a dog ;: Wound is minor - wash w soap ; water, apply antibiotic ointment ; cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in last 10 years or your don’t know. For more serious wound or possible infection, apply pressure ; obtain urgent care. Per mayo clinic, if last tetanus shot was > 5 years ago ; wound is “deep or dirty”, a booster shot may be recommended. If you are bitten ; >. ...Read more
If I got lightly scratched by an unvaccinated cat a month ago and the cat is still living with no signs of rabies is it posdible that I got rabies from the scratch?
Unlikely: If the cat is well 1 month after your injury then no. We generally watch questionable animals for 10 days. All the best. ...Read more
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