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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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What is a vaccination?

Flu shot

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vaccinations help boost the immune system in order to prevent or lessen the severity of several different diseases such as the flu or tetanus.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Are vaccinations fatal?

No

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Vaccinations are not "fatal". Vaccinations are fine for almost everyone in the community, except a few people with immune system disorders and a few with strong allergies to the ingredients in a vaccine. Like with any medicine, any food, or any activity in life, there is always a rare, rare chance that an unpredictable fatal event happens. Such bad-luck events are like being struck by lightning.
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Dr. Gerard Roberts answered:

Is vaccination mandatory?

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No one can force you to give your child vaccinations. As far as school goes you can sign a waiver against them. However, being a board certified pediatrician I think vaccines are safe and keep our children healthy. Hope this helps!
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Are vaccinations effective?

Yes

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All the routine vaccinations approved in the U.S. for use in children and adults are effective in preventing diseases. However, vaccines are not 100% effective, so booster shots are sometimes needed, and some people who are vaccinated can still catch the disease (although such cases are often much milder than if the person had never gotten vaccinated).
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Are vaccinations mandatory?

Yes and No

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Yes, all states have some form of requirement for vaccines for a child to participate in public schools. Some vaccines are required under those rules and others are only recommended. There are still options for parents to participate in public schools without vaccinating given that they have an approved excuse, such as a religious exemption. Some jobs ALSO require vaccination updates.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

How do you give vaccinations?

Several ways

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Routine vaccinations are given as shots, nasal sprays, or orally (capsules or liquids).
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What is a booster vaccination?

A boosting effect

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Boosters give a BOOST or increased immune response to a previous series of shots. For instance, every baby gets vaccine series for Tetanus, diptheria and pertussis. The effects wane over time so every 5-10 years we need a BOOST to that effect with another shot. Other vaccines ARE NOT boosters - the 2nd MMR and Chicken Pox are examples. They convert the 10% people who didnt respond to the 1st.
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Dr. Steven Neish answered:

Is getting a vaccination safe?

Yes

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In general, vaccinations are extremely safe. In fact, in the long run, it is safer to get vaccinated and be protected from the disease than almost any theoretical risk of vaccination. If you have a serious immunodeficiency disease, you may want to avoid certain live virus vaccines.
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Is there a bird flu vaccination?

No

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Which vaccinations have mercury?

Flu vaccine, BUT

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Since 2001, except for certain flu vaccines, thimerosal has not been used in child vaccines. More importantly, we now know that this form of mercury is the type easily excreted from the body, AND that there is no link between measles vaccine, for example, and autism, based on multiple studies of SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND children. Despite this, fears persist, but are gradually abating. Finally.
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