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I am pregnant, and infected with diphtheria. Will my baby be okay?

I am pregnant, and infected with diphtheria. Will my baby be okay?

Infected with what??: The reason we immunize against diphtheria is that it's a really nasty disease; the chances of you being infected and in good enough condition to type on your computer are practically nil. You could be an asymptomatic carrier, in which case you'll still need antibiotics to eradicate it, but then there is no danger to the baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I am pregnant, but I need my diphtheria (tdap) booster shot, will it harm the baby?

I am pregnant, but I need my diphtheria (tdap) booster shot, will it harm the baby?

No: See dr. Ferguson's response. Be aware that there is research data supporting the safety of receiving it.It often is given as soon as the baby is born as an alternative approach. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant & had whooping coughs/diphtheria/tetanus/polio injection now it's sore red & swollen why?

I'm pregnant & had whooping coughs/diphtheria/tetanus/polio injection now it's sore red & swollen why?

Is a reaction: At the injection site swollen & red can happened. Or it could be a reaction from the vaccine or the preservatives. ...Read more

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I thought diphtheria had been wiped out a long time ago, but my mother says that the vaccinations are still being given. Is it necessary for babies to be vaccinated?

I thought diphtheria had been wiped out a long time ago, but my mother says that the vaccinations are still being given. Is it necessary for babies to be vaccinated?

Yes: As we all emphasize, the only truly eradicated vaccine preventable disease appears to be smallpox. Although some are rare, there are pockets of disease thruout the world. All it takes is one infected traveler interacting with a susceptible population to trigger a serious outbreak. ...Read more

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How big are babies at 4 months pregnant?

How big are babies at 4 months pregnant?

Size of orange: About 4 inches long, or about the size of a medium orange or avocado. ...Read more

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Drugs to take when pregnant to get fair babies?

Drugs to take when pregnant to get fair babies?

Not!: Your baby's skin tone, hair and eye color are all determined at the moment of conception when the genetic contributions of the mother and father combine in that inexplicable miracle. And all, except absolutely necessary, drugs and chemicals should be avoided during pregnancy. A bad idea from many perspectives .... ...Read more

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Up until what age can a lady fall pregnant or have babies? I am 34 years old and don't have babies yet

Up until what age can a lady fall pregnant or have babies? I am 34 years old and don't have babies yet

Risks for any pregnc: At 34 you are not too old for babies. Many consider the rate of down syndrome births as a marker for age & childbearing.Risks are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40 & 1/12 at 50.There is a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.The ds risk must be added as age related risk. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Diphtheria (Definition)

Diphtheria is a potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages, but may also infect the skin. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and upper part of the throat. This is a preventable disease by vaccination. It is ...Read more