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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
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