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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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Allergic to tetanus can i just get whopping cough vaccine only?

Allergic to tetanus can i just get whopping cough vaccine only?

Pertussis: They make a separate vaccine, but you might have to look around, or have it special ordered by your doctor. ...Read more

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Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

If used: The peak of effectiveness was evident in the early to mid 90's when the annual infection rate dropped to about 2500 cases and no deaths/yr in the US. After the wave of anti-vaccine sentiment took hold, cases have increased dramatically,particularly on the west coast.In 2014 there were 40,000 with at least 40 deaths.Most were un- immunized or partially immunized. ...Read more

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Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Yes and no: I usually give the final whooping cough booster at 11 or 12,but the same TdaP could be given to any teen or adult that wanted to boost their immunity. It is commonly recommended to young parents to help protect their new baby until they are mature enough to start the vaccines. ...Read more

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How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

Well but:: Studies show: newer vaccine works well but fades over time. 1) kids who get pertussis 89% < likely to have had all 5 series dtap. Get the series 2) but the newer vaccine does not stay protective as long and must be boosted for certain: w/in the 1st years of series immunity 95%. By age 8-10 years it is 70%. In calif in 2010: 3% cases in 4 year olds. 31% cases were in 10 year olds. Stay boosted. ...Read more

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My infant boy has picked up an ugly cough. How can I treat it? He's 23w (19 corrected) 2nd vaccines done 2 days ago. No fever or vomitting

My infant boy has picked up an ugly cough. How can I treat it? 
He's 23w (19 corrected) 2nd vaccines done 2 days ago. No fever or vomitting

Treatment varies: There are no cold and cough treatments for infants. All of the over the counter medications have no effect and can be harmful to your baby. First have your baby examined at his Doctor to make sure that he does not have any signs of infection. If symptoms are viral then normal saline for the nose and humidified air can be helpful. If you are breastfeeding that is the best medicine. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

Very well: The vaccinated child is 27x less likely to develop whooping cough after exposure than those without. The protection is time related, months for infants & years for school age & adults; however, bacterial vaccines are never totally preventive in the face of heavy exposure. Death is most common <4-6m infants & essentially unheard of among the vaccinated.Boosters in adults protect infants. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a flu vaccine even if I have a cough?

Is it ok to take a flu vaccine even if I have a cough?

Should be fine: The function and efficiency of the injected flu vaccine will be unaltered if you have a cough.It should also not aggravate that illness. I would not get the living/nasal flu vaccine during any condition where your upper airway or lungs were compromised as with cough, congestion bronchitis or asthma. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

75-90% BUT..: They prevent anywhere from 75-90% of the infections. But the length of time that the protection remains varies in each individual from 2-3 years to 10 years.Get your boosters! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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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