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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 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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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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Myth: vaccinations are required for children only. Fact: adults do require vaccines too. ...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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Keep your own home record of vaccinations. ...See 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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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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Do have recommended vaccinations annually. Do receive shingles vaccination. Risks: low, benefits: high. ...See more

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What would you say are the main arguments against having any vaccinations?

None valid: In my opinion, vaccines are second only to clean water in being responsible for the improvement of the health of people worldwide. The anti-vaccine movement is based on fear and ignorance, not science. Vaccines have prevented the deaths of tens of millions of children throughout the world. Please make the intelligent decision to vaccinate yourself and your children. ...Read more

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