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Measles Vaccine For Adults
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
Varicella vaccine: Yes. There is a sure way of determining one's immunity level - a varicella titer done by a blood test. Adults need 2 doses, given one month apart. I often recommend non-immune parents to get the vaccine simultaneously when their one-year-old gets it or better still, at least a month or two before their child turns one. In addition, other non-immune family members should also be vaccinated. ...Read more
Safe: Mmr and other standard vaccinations are generally safe. The risks of vaccinations have been greatly exaggerated in the media over the past couple of decades. It is well established that some of the data implicating vaccinations as risky was falsified data. ...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
Polio vaccines: OPV is more effective at preventing polio as it is a live attenuated virus. That being said , the risk to being administered the OPV is higher as polio is pretty much eradicated from the world, and the only cases of paralytic polio are from the oral vaccine. So, IMHO, the decision to go with the inactivated vaccine is the correct one and OPV is no longer available in the US. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: This has not been available in the us since the 80's. The MMR was the product of 8 years of additional research after the single vaccine was licensed and reduced the number of vaccines per kid, it is safe and effective.The fraudulent research published by wakefield in 1998 suggesting otherwise was refuted by later research and retracted buy the publisher.Wakefield lost his license over the fraud. ...Read more
No: Rotavirus is one of the main causes of diarrhea related deaths worldwide in infants & children. It is also one of the prime reasons kids in the US are hospitalized for dehydration. The vaccine has been effective in reducing these admissions within the populations that use them. However, they remain optional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: A killed vaccine is available.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?
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
YES!: The hib vaccine protects babies and infants against a type of bacteria which can cause meningitis and death. When i started my medical training, it was a fairly common, and serious, infection. Due to the success of the vaccine, it is now uncommon. H1n1 is a part of the influenza vaccine which keeps patients from getting the seasonal flu and should be given to all people over 6 months of age. ...Read more
Fraudulent link: Several studies have disproven the link, which was originally published in 1998 by dr. Andrew wakefield. An investigation by the british medical journal (bmj) concluded that dr.Wakefield faked data and created an elaborate fraud, causing long-lasting damage to public health. In fact, the original study was eventually retracted in 2010, and dr, wakefield lost his license. ...Read moreSee 16 more doctor answers