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Pneumococcal 7 Medication
Yes: Though it's not very common, infants can get have vaccine reactions. Vaccinations work by stimulating the immune system and it's the immune response that can occasionally cause a fever. There are very few reasons, other than significant allergic reactions, to delay the next dose in a series. If your infant is due for another dose in the series, you should strongly consider doing it. ...Read more
I got a Pneumococcal shot. Can you be allergic to this medicine? What makes you allergic? Also how quickly would a reaction happen?
Possible: In general, it is possible to be allergic to any medicine. Allergic reactions can occur minutes two days after you're exposed to the offending agent. ...Read more
My son 27 mths so far received 4 shots of pneumococcal pcv13 my country mins of health suggests another shot for all ages 2-5 regardless. Is it safe?
Yes: Although some kids will run a low grade temperature after several doses of PCV 13, I consider it quite safe. ...Read more
Serious enough: It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment (antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read more
Strep pneumo can cause pneumonia, endocarditis, meningitis, ear infection and infections at other sites. Please note and vaccine is available against Strep pneumo, Pneumovac.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Depends on situation: A lack of specific antibody implies that your immune system has not naturally encountered pneumococcus bacteria or that it has not responded well to previous exposure or pneumococcal vaccines (prevnar or pneumovax). This may be a sign of immune deficiency and should be discussed with a board certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
Dr. Tested my pneumococcal antibodies- they were low she gave me pneumo vac retest in 5 weeks, if it comes back low again. What does this mean?
CVID: Aka combined variable immunodeficiency. This test is done because you have recurrent sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia & screening tests for weak immune system - CBC & diff, quantitative immunoglobulins, ch50- are ok. A 2nd low test means you don't make adequate antibodies against some bacteria that infect the respiratory tract. Antibiotics & gamma globulin injections will help you. ...Read more
CAN BE TREATED/:
Pnumocococcal meningitis if treated appropriately and early without delay has good prognosis with full recovery.70to80% get full recovery without any complications.
Rest have one or more of the following complications
hydrocephalus. ...Read more
The present vaccines: The existing pneumoccal vaccines are developed by including material that replicates the coating or polysaccharide capsule that varies with each strain. When antibodies develop to the capsule, the pneumoccus can be attacked and neutralized. Some strains have no capsule and cannot be neutralized by the vaccine. ...Read more
No, they are not.: Individuals with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk to develop an invasive pneumococcal infection including meningitis. The conditions are: asplenia (either absent or nonfunctioning); complement deficiency; nephrotic syndrome. Anyone undergoing cochlear implantation is also at higher risk. ...Read more
A lot of things...: 1. Different genus based on genetics 2. Different reaction when gown on sheep blood agar plates 3. E faecalis is found mostly in stool. 4. E faecalis is associated with healthcare acquire infections, uti's and intra abdominal infections while s. Pneumoniae is associated with pbeumonias, meningitis, and blood stream infections. ...Read more