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Doctor insights on: Should People With Hodgkins Lymphoma Get The H1n1 Flu Vaccine

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Why souldn't people with HIV get the shingle vaccination ?

Why souldn't people with HIV get the shingle vaccination ?

Live virus: This is a live virus vaccine. That means that you get a very mild infection, mount an immune response and are then protected from the real thing. Folks with HIV are unable to mount a vigorous response to the vaccine, causing bad things and not getting the immunity. The vaccine not only doesn't work for them, but they might also get chicken pox or shingles from it. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Can a child with sickle cell disease get the flu vaccine?

Can a child with sickle cell disease get the flu vaccine?

Yes: People with sickle cell disease are at increased risk of severe complications of influenza and should recieve the yearly influenza vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated. ...Read more

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Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Absolutely: Due to your autoimmune disease, you are an absolute perfect patient to receive the vaccination. Make sure you get the flu shot not the nasal mist. ...Read more

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Should I worry about getting the hpv vaccine? Any vaccines a person should get whose 20 and has no spleen? Thanks

Should I worry about getting the hpv vaccine?  Any vaccines a person should get whose 20 and has no spleen? Thanks

Get vaccinated!: The HPV vaccines are entirely without signficant side effects. Having no spleen in theory can increase risks of certain infections, maybe including vaccines that have live virus. But HPV vaccine doesn't have live virus. It will only protect you against HPV, without any signficant side effects. For sure get vaccinated! Good luck. ...Read more

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Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

Are HIV patients ok to get an MMR measles vaccination?

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 more

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I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?

I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?

Depends: Some vaccines provide time limited benefit (whooping cough, tetanus,diphtheria, meningitis,flu) while others may last a lifetime (hepatitis B series, measles,HPV series). Some of the newer vaccines have not been used long enough to know if their benefit is lifetime or a booster is needed. All adults should review their vaccine status with their doc at their regular checkups. ...Read more

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All 23pneumococcal iggs are low is there another way to test immune system besides getting a vaccine been around people sick w/ pneumonia & not got it?

All 23pneumococcal iggs are low is there another way to test immune system besides getting a vaccine been around people sick w/ pneumonia & not got it?

Immune system: Your immunologist can check other tests to check on your immune system, such as response to other vaccines, immunoglobulin levels, etc. Not sure why the igg to pneumo was performed, but there must be a reason your doctor is recommending a vaccination for it at your age. ...Read more

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How many times must one get vaccinated in their lifetime to be successfully immune hepatitis b virus?

How many times must one get vaccinated in their lifetime to be successfully immune hepatitis b virus?

Usually Once: The hbv vaccine is a series of 3-4 shots over a 6 months time period. At least 90% of people will develop immunity following that series. A portion of remaining people will respond to a second series. There is a very small group who do not develop immunity from vaccination. Booster shots are no longer recommended for people with normal immune status who have been fully vaccinated. ...Read more

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Is the flu contagious before symptoms appear? & will flu shot have some protection against other strains even though it's not a good match this year?

Is the flu contagious before symptoms appear? & will flu shot have some protection against other strains even  though it's not a good match this year?

Yes: You are contagious before you have symptmoms of the flu and this is the case with many viral infections. This is why they spread so easily. Once you get symptoms of the flu most people feel so badly they know and others know to stay away. Once you have been exposed the flu shot will not prevent as you need close to two weeks to prime your system. It is only about 25% effective this year. ...Read more

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Should flu vaccine be taken annually is necessary for us? Who always can't predict the right strain for vaccine, we still suffer from the novel virus.

Should flu vaccine be taken annually is necessary for us? Who always can't predict the right strain for vaccine, we still suffer from the novel virus.

Get shot annually: The flu virus changes, so it's important to get vaccinated every year. The cdc usually does a pretty good job of predicting which viruses will be circulating. Sometimes they miss, but if you don't get the shot you have no chance of being protected. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of shingles in var. Vaccinated children? 18 month old with shingles outbreak should I be worried about compromised immune system

What is the incidence of shingles in var. Vaccinated children? 18 month old with shingles outbreak should I be worried about compromised immune system

Lifetime incidence: The lifetime incidence of shingles is relatively less with the vaccine than with wild chickenpox, but occurs with both. I have seen it in a 1yo in a kid with an otherwise normal immune system. As with any issue, surveillance of an individuals response to a variety of infections over many years can reveal an acquired immune problem (not present or evident in childhood). ...Read more

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All the men/boys who are hosts of thehpv virus spread it unknowingly leaving womento develop ciniii orcervical cancer. No way to targethpv in men?

All the men/boys who are hosts of thehpv virus spread it unknowingly leaving womento develop ciniii orcervical cancer.  No way to targethpv in men?

Round up the kids: The Gardasil vaccine is for both boys and girls, so it is up to each family to round up the kids and take them to the doctor for shots and annual check-ups. The way to prevent infection (and future transmission) of the 2 "bad" strains of cancer-causing hpv, and the 2 strains that are the main cause of genital warts, is to vaccinate kids in middle school or high school (definitely before college). ...Read more

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What is ovax vaccine and can someone with stage 1c rectal cancer get the vaccine?

What is ovax vaccine and can someone with stage 1c rectal cancer get the vaccine?

For ovarian cancer: My understanding of ovax is that it is for ovarian cancer. It is a vaccine made from your own tumor cells. It is in the testing phase and is not available to the general public as yet. No one has proven that injecting a patient with their own tumor cells will cause the immune system to react against the cancer, but that is the idea behind it. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get the Hep A, Hep B, MMR, Varicella, and Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccines at the same time? If there is side effects, how quickly would they occur?

Is it ok to get the Hep A, Hep B, MMR, Varicella, and Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccines at the same time? If there is side effects, how quickly would they occur?

It is fine: The most common to all are local site soreness. The next would be swelling or redness in the muscle where one is injected. Rarely a person is allergic to some component of the vaccine & hives might occur. The immune "stress" on the body is well tolerated. That combo adds up to a fraction of the stress the old smallpox vaccine had alone. I consider separate day dosing on a kid a form of child abuse ...Read more

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What has everybody got to say about the world health organization's plan to make certain flu a pandemic .?

What has everybody got to say about the world health organization's plan to make certain flu a pandemic .?

Bad information: The who has a mandate to study, and help eliminate disease and human misery. Who may declare a particular flu to be pandemic but this is not a plan, nor a hoped for outcome. Their role here is to alert public health authorities to prepare for a pandemic to limit the spread and cope with those who develop the illness. ...Read more

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So the oral live typhoid vaccine has no chance of infecting me with the typhoid fever (or other people i come into contact with including infants)?

So the oral live typhoid vaccine has no chance of infecting me with the typhoid fever (or other people i come into contact with including infants)?

No: Oral typhoid vaccine has been shown to be very safe and has not shown to cause typhoid fever. The risks are negligible. But the oral typhoid vaccine is also not fully studied in pregnant or nursing mothers and for children less than 6 months of age. ...Read more

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When an HPV person's diagnosed with cancer, will virus attack stronger as immune system will be very low with chemo sessions..Etc??Not cervical cancer

When an HPV person's diagnosed with cancer, will virus attack stronger as immune system will be very low with chemo sessions..Etc??Not cervical cancer

HPV could reactivate: Cancer chemotherapy could result in reactivation of a previously silent HPV infection. However, usually this isn't serious. Probably you'll just need to be on the alert for warts (mostly genital, sometimes oral) and have them treated, and have regular pap smears to pick up pre-cancerous changes before they become dangerous. Discuss it with the patient's cancer. Good luck! ...Read more

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What percentage of kids who receive the pcv vaccine end up being allergic to it?

What percentage of kids who receive the pcv vaccine end up being allergic to it?

Pcv vaccine: allergy to the pcv vaccine or its components are very rare. discuss with your pediatrician if you have specific questions about your child and if they have an allergy that may be a contraindication to getting a certain vaccine. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/ ...Read more

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I'm 23 and was vaccinated with Engerix-B at birth. I'll be travelling to country where hep B is prevalent for 3 weeks. Should I get vaccinated again?

I'm 23 and was vaccinated with Engerix-B at birth. I'll be travelling to country where hep B is prevalent for 3 weeks. Should  I get vaccinated again?

Depends: The Hep B vaccines are all given as a series, so a single dose at birth would not be considered adequate for long term protection.If you received the rest of the series you would. Your doc can also have a test done to see if you have protective levels of antibodies.You might visit the CDC site to see what their travel recommendations are.see www.CDC.gov/travel ...Read more

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Does getting the flu shot increase herd immunity? Should young, healthy people get it? I thought it was supposed to be for young children, pregnant women, and elderly people...? The "at-risk" population?

Does getting the flu shot increase herd immunity? Should young, healthy people get it? I thought it was supposed to be for young children, pregnant women, and elderly people...? The "at-risk" population?

Flu shot: Everyone should get an annual flu shot. Herd immunity increases the more people are vaccinated. This prevents diseases from spreading. While pregnant women, infants and the elderly are at higher risk of death from flu no one can be certain they won’t be a victim. Protect your self and others by getting vaccinated. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Diede
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Hodgkin Disease (Definition)

It is a malignant (cancerous) proliferation of lymphocytes with unique biological, prognostic and diagnostic features. It involves mostly lymph nodes and it may be treated and cured with the use of chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of both. It is considered a lymphoma with excellent long term prognosis ...Read more


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