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Doctor insights on: Melanoma Vaccine Availability

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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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Does a childhood Hib vaccine fulfill the meningitis requirement at most u.S. Colleges?

Does a childhood Hib vaccine fulfill the meningitis requirement at most u.S. Colleges?

No: Colleges are worried about epidemic Meningococcal disease and related sepsis and meningitis. Hib meningitis is a problem of infancy and childhood and rarely if ever hit college kids before we had the vaccines. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I thought the rabies vaccine at least provided 2 years worth of immunity to future exposures?

I thought the rabies vaccine at least provided 2 years worth of immunity to future exposures?

About correct: According to experts : the duration of immunity afforded to humans by a two injection vaccination course was found to be between two to three years.[12][13][14] following administration of a booster dose (recommended at one year), one study found 97% of immuno-competent individuals demonstrate protective levels of neutralizing antibodies at 10 years.[15]. ...Read more

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Are there advantages to injectable polio vaccines compared to oral polio vaccines?

Are there advantages to injectable polio vaccines compared to oral polio vaccines?

DoesNotCausePolio: Oral Vaccine is live virus and very very rarely it caused polio in those who received the vaccine or contacts Injetable is a little safer It was a Public Health Decision ...Read more

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Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?

Absolutely: The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort. It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts. ...Read more

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Is the anthrax vaccine safe?

Is the anthrax vaccine safe?

Anthrax vaccine: Although much has been written in the lay press about it, the current anthrax vaccine is safe. The most common side effect, like most vaccines, is injection site pain. ...Read more

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Nanoknife for pancreatic cancer- effectiveness, safety etc?

Nanoknife for pancreatic cancer- effectiveness, safety etc?

Possibly: Recent studies seem promising, but still a new modality. New studies are in the works ...Read more

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What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

What's the highest survival rate for malignant melanoma?

Depends on depth: The prognosis for melanoma depends greatly on the stage at diagnosis. In the absence of spread to lymph nodes or other sites, the depth of the melanoma is the most important factor which predicts outcome. The deeper the tumor invades the more risk of it spreading/recurring. I caught early, melanoma is very curable. Discuss the case in question with your dermatologist or oncologist. ...Read more

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Is the HPV vaccine required for men over 26 ?

Is the HPV vaccine required for men over 26 ?

No and...: Only approved for men and women under the age of 26. Speaking just of men, 7, 000 hpv-associated cancers in the us alone may be prevented by vaccine yearly in men. Gardasil protects against most genital warts- 1 in 100 sexually active adults have genital warts. Of women: hpv is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. There are about 12, 000 new cervical cancer cases each year. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines together on the same day?

Is it safe to take BCG, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Meningitis (Quadrivalent) and Hepatitis B vaccines together on the same day?

Contraversial: Not clear as to why some children and even adults get a variety of reactions following vaccines. Obviously, there is an increased incidence of autoimmune problems worldwide, but this may or may not reflect increased vaccine use. No evidence that taking all together vrs separately will make any substantial ultimate difference, but personally, I am NOT clear regarding ultimate safety. ...Read more

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Is the HPV vaccination important?

Is the HPV vaccination important?

YES !!!!: Only if you want to try to prevent 70% of the cases of cervical cancer in the usa and a number of cases of anal cancer. ...Read more

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Is the laiv vaccine an inactivated vaccine?

Is the laiv vaccine an inactivated vaccine?

No, it's alive: The live attenuated influenza vaccine (laiv) is a live-virus nasal spray flu vaccine. "attenuated" means the live-virus has been weakened so not to cause the flu in persons receiving the vaccine. Some people do get some sniffles or stuffy nose for 2-3 days, from the nasal spray FluMist vaccine. ...Read more

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Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate in theory: Conjugating the Meningococcal capsule polysaccharide to a protein backbone makes it useful in children less than 2years and facilitates immunologic memory but there are no head to head efficacy trials. ...Read more

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Which vaccine is better to get: the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or the meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Which vaccine is better to get: the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or the meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate Vaccine: It is considered that conjugate vaccine provides better long term protection as compared to Polysachride Vaccine due to the mechanism by which antibody response occurs. Plysacchride Vaccine does not provide same level of Herd Immunityas is provided by Conjugate Vaccine ...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


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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin which is one of the most complex organs in the body, degenerates into cancer, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more