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What are immunizations?

What are immunizations?

They prevent disease: Immunizations are one of modern medicine's greatest discoveries. They work by tricking the body's immune system to think it has been exposed to an illness in order to produce "antibodies" that help to prevent that individual from ever getting sick from that same disease. They are designed to prevent life-threatening diseases. Some vaccines (hepatitis b, hpv) are even designed to prevent cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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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


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What immunizations are required for babies?

What immunizations are required for babies?

Several vaccines: Vaccines for babies in the U.S. Include: hepatitis b, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, pneumococcal, hemophilus influ.B, rotavirus, polio, and influenza. Chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis a are given after infancy. Several vaccines are combination vaccines. ...Read more

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What are recommended childhood immunizations?

What are recommended childhood immunizations?

For 12-15 diseases: There are routine vaccinations for children, to protect them from getting about 12-15 bad diseases. A recommended vaccine schedule can be found at the american academy of pediatrics website. ...Read more

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What vaccinations are given to 2-month-olds?

What vaccinations are given to 2-month-olds?

2 month vaccines: vaccines given at the 2month check up: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acelluar pertussis) PCV13 - pneumococcal conjugate Polio Hib - haemophilus influenzae type b Rotavirus hepatitis B Rotavirus is a oral vaccination. The others are given as shots. There are combination vaccines available as well. Discuss with your pediatrician what vaccines will be given at your child's check-up ...Read more

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What are the measles?

What are the measles?

Measles: Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases in humans. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny, and conjunctivitis. After 2-4 days, a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash develops. Symptoms resolve in most cases. Fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Fortunately, the measles vaccine can prevent both. ...Read more

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What are the normal vaccines for children/infants?

What are the normal vaccines for children/infants?

CDC web site: In addition to what dr. Chowdhury presented, the cdc provides easy to read charts for families. For an example for recommended vaccinations from birth to 6 years old, see http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.Pdf. ...Read more

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What vaccines are mandatory for children?

What vaccines are mandatory for children?

Varies by state: The requirements vary by state.Some states have specific requirements at school entry while others HAV requirements starting with entry to any licensed day care.I would look to your local state health authority or school for guidance. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the concerns of the MMR vaccine and are they serious?

Doctors, what are the concerns of the MMR vaccine and are they serious?

Avoiding it is: The vaccine haters have tried to link shots to crib death, cerebral palsy and now autism over the past 30 yrs. Each time the science has proven them wrong. The british doc who claimed MMR triggered cases lost his license when his fraudulent research was exposed. Measles cases are increasing in the us because of this misinformation. With 1/1000 developing encephalitis and death possibl this is sad. ...Read more

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What are the necessary travel vaccines? What vaccines are necessary for travel?

What are the necessary travel vaccines? What vaccines are necessary for travel?

Disease Protection: Travel vaccines are tailored to what diseases you may face in the countries you are traveling. Sometimes you may be facing typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, and the like. There are a few universal ones and they include those you are at risk for in your very own home country, the usa. You should be protected from tetanus, whooping cough, measles, and probably hepatitis a and b amoung others. ...Read more

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What are some smallpox vaccine complications?

What are some smallpox vaccine complications?

Vaccine is not given: Small pox vaccine is not given and not available these days when it was given it could cause fever sometimes high, swelling and redness at the site of injection and a condition caused vaccinia which produced vescicular rash and fever and in some case encephalitis threat of biologic terrorism was the reason small pox vaccination was being considered but was abandoned. ...Read more

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What vaccinations are given up to age 2?

What vaccinations are given up to age 2?

Vaccines, general: By age 2 years most children should have 3 IPV, 4 DTap, 4 HiB, 3 Rotateq, 4 Prevnar, (pneumococcal vaccine) 1 MMR, 1 Varicella and 3 Influenza vaccines. Hepatitis A is an optional 2 dose series which can be started as early as 1 year of age. ...Read more

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What are bad things about vaccines?

What are bad things about vaccines?

They hurt: That is about all i can think of.Vaccine development and use has been so successful over the past 4 decades that most never consider the small coffins they prevented from use. Today more folks are worried about how much they hurts or false bs about mysterious illnesses than the deadly diseases they prevent. More kids have died from avoiding vaccines than were ever injured by them. ...Read more

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What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccinations: Don't get the FLU shot w/o consulting w a DR if you have had Guillain- Barre Syndrome, a history of severe allergic reactions to previous influenza vaccine or chicken eggs, have a current fever (moderate to severe) or are less than 6 months of age. ...Read more

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What immunizations are most 16-year-olds required to get?

What immunizations are most 16-year-olds required to get?

May Need...: If otherwise up to date, a Meningococcal vaccine and a tetanus-pertussis booster are given twice between 11 and 16-18.An hpv series should be started between 9-11 y/o.Yearly flu vaccine is recommended.And catch up for any missed vaccines. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diphtheria?

What are the tests for diphtheria?

DIPHTHERIA: The appearance of the membrane suggest th dx. Gram stain is positive to gram negative bacilli and send for culture for c. Diptheriae. ...Read more

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What kind of immunizations are usually administered to children?

What kind of immunizations are usually administered to children?

Vaccine schedules: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/ Schedules vary by age and previous immunization status. The CDC updates immunization schedules annually on their website. ...Read more

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What are the are vaccinations you need as an adult?

What are the are vaccinations you need as an adult?

CDC reference: The CDC website has lists of the recommended schedules based upon age and previous vaccination history. Check out the site below to find the schedule that most matches your situation. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/syndicate.html ...Read more

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What vaccines are the most important?

What vaccines are the most important?

All: Are important. Deepening on age.Rotavirus, Hem. Info. Should be given at 2m. mMRV after 1y.o. ...Read more

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Are there are any vaccines for cancer? when we should take vaccines?

Are there are any vaccines for cancer? when we should take vaccines?

Yes and no: There are 3 vaccines that can prevent strains of Human Papillomavirus that are known to cause cervical/throat,anal and penile cancer in some people. They are usually given between age 9-26.They do not helpful if given after someone is exposed to and catches these viruses. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Immunization?

What are the complications of Immunization?

Immunization: For the most part these are minor (for example, a sore arm or low-grade fever) and go away within a few days. However, each immunization has potentially associated serious complications which need to be acknowledged at the time of the immunization, ie. very rare severe problems have been reported after DTaP vaccine such as long term seizures and permanent brain damage. ...Read more