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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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Are hiccups common after strep pneumonia? On top of all the other pain, I have hiccups every few hours each day.

Are hiccups common after strep pneumonia? On top of all the other pain, I have hiccups every few hours each day.

Hiccoughs: These may occur for several reasons, and are not necessarily associated with Pneumococcal pneumonia unless there is irritation of the diaphragm by inflamed pleurae. ...Read more

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Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Yes, : Yes, there is a pneumonia vaccine available. It is recommended for all children under five years old, with the first dose available at six weeks. There are four doses in the series, and children with certain health conditions including cochlear implants get another dose between ages two and six. From age seven to 18, the extra dose is given five years after last dose to children with functional or anatomic asplenia (no spleen) or some immune system conditions. For adults, a single dose vaccine is recommended at 65 years old. Prior to that, a one- or two-dose series is recommended for some people based on lifestyle, health conditions, other risk factors. According to the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc.Gov), in 2007 pneumonia and influenza were the #8 most common cause of death in this country, with 52, 000 deaths attributed to these two conditions. Influenza is less likely to lead to pneumonia and death when a patient is vaccinated; this is a good. ...Read more

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What are the current recommendations for the pneumonia vaccine?

What are the current recommendations for the pneumonia vaccine?

Smokers for starters: The latest group of people that have been targeted are smokers, because they catch pneumonias more often. The other large group of patients to receive Pneumovax are those 65 and over. Those younger with diseases such as diabetes, asthma, chronic liver conditions, cardiac disease, and neoplasms, or those without a spleen, need one, as well as a 2nd shot, at least 5 years later, at age 65 plus. ...Read more

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Can the pneumonia vaccine make your arm hurt for a few days?

Can the pneumonia vaccine make your arm hurt for a few days?

Yes: Anytime you inject a vaccine with any volume into a muscle it will tend to irritate the fibers. The pain may last a few days & a knot may form in the muscle for a brief period. Massaging the area will help disperce the material & return the muscle to normal. ...Read more

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Should the pneumonia vaccine cause your arm to hurt for a few days?

Should the pneumonia vaccine cause your arm to hurt for a few days?

It may: Pain at the site of an immunologic injection (vaccine) is usually showing that your immune system is working well and the vaccine is having its desired result. Other times it can be simply from a deep bruise. Both respond to Acetaminophen and cold compresses initially, but warm compresses may make the pain feel better after the first 24 hours. ...Read more

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If I just had the pneumonia vaccine, how do I reduce the redness, swelling, and pain?

Cold/ otc pain med: I'd crack up a few ice cubes in a dish cloth and put them in a zip lock bag to use as a cool compress. Replace ice as needed.A couple of ibuprofen tablets up to every 6 hours may also help. It should improve gradually over 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Is there a pneumonia vaccine?

Is there a pneumonia vaccine?

Yes and No: There are many different types of pneumonia including many different bacteria, viruses and even fungus and chemicals, etc... There is no vaccine to cover all forms of pneumonia. However, there are vaccines for specific types of pneumonia. Kids get Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) for pneumococcal type, pedvax/acthib for haemophilus type and even flu shots which prevents influenze type pneumonia. ...Read more

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Should I get a pneumonia vaccine at home at 90?

Should I get a pneumonia vaccine at home at 90?

Probably: If you have not had the vaccine it is recommended for those > 65, discuss your situation with your doctor. ...Read more

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At what age should a healthy adult consider the pneumonia vaccine?

Age 65: If otherwise healthy, the pneumococcal vaccine is recommended as a one time vaccine at age 65 or over. People at high risk for complications from pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis (other than age), generally those with chronic disease, should consider getting it earlier. To find out what other cancer tests and vaccines you need, consider the iphone app my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pneumococcal Vaccine (Definition)

Pneumococcal vaccine is an immunization which is a kind of ...Read more