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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Overview)

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 be used for therapy.


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Should I be concerned about my baby's previous vaccinations?

Should I be concerned about my baby's previous vaccinations?

No: My biggest concern is that they may not be complete or up to date. If you are asking whether they may have harmed your child, the chances of that are extremely low, and are much, much lower than your child's chances of death or serious disability from lack of immunizations. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Overview)

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 be used for therapy.


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Should I my baby be vaccinated for the non-required vaccinations?

Should I my baby be vaccinated for the non-required vaccinations?

Yes: There are many vaccines that will help your baby very much even if they aren't "required'. Hepatitis a and rotavirus are good examples, highly recommended but usually not required. There are circumstances that increase the importance of the recommended vaccines, such as travel outside the us, daycare environments and certain illnesses. Have an open discussion with your doctor about any concerns. ...Read more

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Getting Vaccinated (Tip)

Getting Vaccinated

Many vaccinations are less expensive or are completely free at you county health department. ...See more

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Is it painful to get a vaccination?

Is it painful to get a vaccination?

Yes: (but only a little). Often a child's reaction is a function more of a parent's reaction rather than the actual amount of pain from the shot. Distraction can help rather than overemphasis on the shot that just occurred. Some studies in infants have actually shown that giving a small amount of sugary solution (from a dropper or syringe) just before the shot can diminish the perceived pain. ...Read more

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Are vaccinations required for visits to foreign countries like china?

Are vaccinations required for visits to foreign countries like china?

Varies: You can check with the center for disease control website for current requirements for world travel .www.cdc.gov/travel will have up to date listing and point out locations where you can get rare vaccines. Regular vaccines plus typhoid are the ones most often cited. ...Read more

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Getting Vaccinated (Tip)

Getting Vaccinated

Vaccinations are available at the county health department. ...See more

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Do I need to get my baby vaccinations?

Do I need to get my baby vaccinations?

Deadly choice : Vaccines prevent illness & death.In spite of the misinformation put out by vaccine haters, they are safe & effective. Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90's to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants & children. This has resulted in > 30 preventable deaths, primarily in kids <6mo. Deaths attributed to dapt in the same period =0. ...Read more

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What can happen to the baby if the vaccinations are not given?

What can happen to the baby if the vaccinations are not given?

Die from Infection: Vaccines are designed to save lives and prevent complications of infections. They work so well many people are not familiar with the disease we protect our babies from. Common complications of infections in unvaccinated children inculde deafness, pneumonia, brain infections, sterility and death. Protect your baby: schedule your routine check ups an immunization appointments. ...Read more

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Getting Vaccinated

Vaccinations do not cause autism. ...See more

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What shots should I get if I have never gotten a vaccination before & I want to travel to a 3rd world country ?

What shots should I get if I have never gotten a vaccination before & I want to travel to a 3rd world country ?

CDC.GOV: For the most complete and up to date information go to the centers for disease control website at cdc.Gov. There is a link on the website for travelers to all parts of the world. ...Read more

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