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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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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 ...Read more


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Should i get flu vaccination. I fear being sick.

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Should i get flu vaccination. I fear being sick.

Yes: Cdc has basically recommended everyone over 6 months old get the flu vaccine annually, unless they have a severe egg allergy (cannot eat eggs at all). ...Read more

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Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Flu and pnumonia vac: Flu vaccine can be taken with pnumonia vaccine, if it is recommended by your doctor because of your age or medical condition you can take tham together. ...Read more

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Is getting tdap vaccine twice bad?

Is getting tdap vaccine twice bad?

No: Our instincts suggest your immune system may react more vigorously and give you a more tender arm but recent studies suggest that is not the case. Thus, while not needed, the upshot is getting two doses of tdap is not harmful not even more painful--just unnecessary. ...Read more

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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus. ...Read more

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Rotavirus vaccine timeframe? When should my infant get a rotavirus vaccine?

Rotavirus vaccine timeframe? When should my infant get a rotavirus vaccine?

2 different vaccines: There are 2 brands available: Rotarix (2 dose schedule) and RotaTeq (3 dose schedule) both are started at baby's 2 month visit though can be given as early as six weeks. A second dose is given 6-8 weeks later (can receive as early as 4 weeks after) and third dose (depending on which vaccine) no later than 32 weeks of age. This is given by mouth and not as a shot. ...Read more

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Could flu virus mutate every year?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Could flu virus mutate every year?

Yes: This is one of the reasons influenza vaccine has to be reformulated each year. ...Read more

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Can a child vomit after getting the flu vaccine shot?

Can a child vomit after getting the flu vaccine shot?

Yes: People who are sensitive to vaccines or the adjuvants in them can react and vomiting is a possibility . It is more likely to be associated with the vaccine reaction if it occurs right after or within 24 hours in my experience. Some people experience fever, fatigue, irritability, or just not feeling well after vaccines. ...Read more

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Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Short answer - yes: Swine flu is really only one form of several strains of influenza. Sometimes the doctor or nurse practitioner calls your illness "flu-like"(like swine flu) and treats you for it empirically, even without specifically testing for flu (nose swab test). Later, if you have a repeat of similar symptoms, then this could be labelled a recurrence of "swine flu". My office tests for flu--not swine flu. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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Can I have gotten whooping cough from dtap vaccine?

Can I have gotten whooping cough from dtap vaccine?

No...: The vaccine is not a live vaccine so you cannot get whooping cough from the killed vaccine. ...Read more

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Why did my daughter get sick after getting the flu vaccine?

Why did my daughter get sick after getting the flu vaccine?

Mild rxn can occur.: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Where do I get cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis and heptatis vaccines?

Where do I get cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis and heptatis vaccines?

Travel vaccines: These are unusual vaccines that most primary care physicians do not stock (cholera, typhoid, yellow fever). There are physicians who specialize in travel medicine and they can arrange for these vaccines for your trip. ...Read more

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Caught flu from son's flumist vaccine, what to do?

See below: Normal healthy individual with intact immune system does not get infected by vaccine strain which is attenuated. If you are known to be immunocompromized, you may need to see infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Should all adults get flu shots?

Should all adults get flu shots?

Yes: Everyone should get a flu vaccine annually to reduce the risk of influenza, and to help stop the spread of influenza to more susceptible people. The exceptions are children under the age of 6 months, or a documented severe allergic reaction to egg, or recent guillain barre syndrome. The nasal vaccine (eg, flumist) can be given instead of the injection for people 2-49 yrs old who are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Meningococcal vaccine-- wondering if it's contagious to babies?

Meningococcal vaccine-- wondering if it's contagious to babies?

No: The meningicoccal vaccine is an attenuated (not live) vaccine and cannot be spread to others. ...Read more

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Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate in theory: Conjugating the Meningococcal capsule polysaccharide to a protein backbone makes it useful in children less than 2years and facilitates immunologic memory but there are no head to head efficacy trials. ...Read more

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What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

Not live...: The flu vaccine does not have any live flu virus. Rather, it consists of killed virus or protein from the virus. Your immune system then reacts against the virus protein and makes antibodies so that if your body then is exposed to the actual virus, the antibodies needed to kill it are already there. This prevents you from getting sick from the virus since the antibodies kill it first! ...Read more

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Do flu shots really work on a flu virus?

Do flu shots really work on a flu virus?

Can be effective.: 2014 – 2015 Flu Shots: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more