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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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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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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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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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Getting Vaccinated (Tip)

Getting Vaccinated

Vaccinations are available at the county health department. ...See 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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Are vaccinations mandatory?

Are vaccinations mandatory?

Yes and No: 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. ...Read more

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Getting Vaccinated

Vaccinations do not cause autism. ...See more

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Are vaccinations effective?

Are vaccinations effective?

Yes: 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). ...Read more

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