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Measles And Rubella Vaccination
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
Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...Read more
Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!
No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more
Not really: As a live attenuated vaccine, we avoid them in immunocompromised people. Most people have been immunized with MMR as children anyway but if an HIV infected person who is susceptible to measles is in the midst of a measles outbreak, the measles vaccine is way better than wild type measles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more
Hi, planning pregnancy. Varicella immunity showed equivocal. Had vaccination and chicek pox as a child. Should i repeat the vaccination? Thanks
Is it possible to get one IgG titer for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and varicella if i don't have my immunization card?
Separate issues: There are lab tests available for each of the four agents you listed. Contact your pcp to see if they can be drawn at their office or at a separate lab site. ...Read more
Shots? Infection?: I hope that you are writing about getting both the varicella (chicken pox) and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) injections at the same time, which is certainly ok. These two shots are given either the same day, or otherwise, at least one month apart. They are both live vaccines by the way. If you have both infections as the same time, that would be quite unusual. Most have gotten the shots already. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Measles vaccine: Very very important. This potentially deadly disease has been virtually eliminated in the USA, but is now making a comeback because people are not routinely immunizing their children. Both from an individual health benefit as well as promoting public health the use of this vaccine is essential. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines again? I can't seem to find my immunization card.
Yes: Its better to be vaccinated then to be unprotected. best wishes Dr M ...Read more
Vaccines for travel: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list Check out this interactive website! You can learn about which vaccines are recommended for travel to a particular area of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a similar feature, and also has information about current outbreaks of disease. Have a great trip and safe travels. ...Read more
Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?
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