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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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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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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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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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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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How do you give vaccinations?

How do you give vaccinations?

Several ways: Routine vaccinations are given as shots, nasal sprays, or orally (capsules or liquids). ...Read more

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How can I help after vaccinations?

How can I help after vaccinations?

What is your questio: Your question is not understood How can you help who? after vaccination on who? ...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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How much time do vaccinations last?

How much time do vaccinations last?

Variable: Some vaccines, usually the virus related like MMR can confer lifetime immunity to some if given after a year of age. Most (>95%) will get this with 2 doses at least a month apart (most get it at 1 & 4-5), Bacterial vaccines like that for pertussis, or bacterial meningitis confer protection for a limited number of years and need boosters to remain helpful. ...Read more

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Are there advantages to vaccinations?

Um, not dying: Of course! vaccines help prevent getting infected will illness that can serious harm you or kill you. Think of it this way... A child born in 2011 has a risk of death by age 5 is one in several thousand. A child born in 1911 had a risk of death by 5 of 1 in 5! yes 20% chance. Much of that difference is due to decrease in vaccine preventable diseases. ...Read more

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Getting Vaccinated

Vaccinations do not cause autism. ...See more

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What vaccinations do 1-year-olds get?

What vaccinations do 1-year-olds get?

1 year old vaccines: Vaccination schedule in the US for a 12 month old (assuming up to date to this point) would be: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) first dose Varicella - first dose Hepatitis A - first dose Pneumococcal (PCV13) - 4th dose Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) - 3rd or 4th dose Annual flu shot Ranges are given by the AAP for these vaccines to be given between 12-18mo of age. ...Read more

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