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Doctor insights on: Tdap Vaccines In Pregnant Women

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What are the recommendations for tdap vaccines in pregnant women?

What are the recommendations for tdap vaccines in pregnant women?

Get one : The cdc currently recommends all pregnant women receive the tdap vaccine in each pregnancy regardless of their last dose. It can be given at any time with the optimal timing being between 27-36 weeks to maximize the moms antibody response which provides passive immunity to the infant. This provides protection against this deadly disease for the mom and baby. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can you tell me one reason why the government still reccomends that all children are given the MMR vaccine.?

Can you tell me one reason why the government still reccomends that all children are given the MMR vaccine.?

To avoid diseases: As long as there is international air travel and diseases that can be passed during incubation, we will need to vaccinate. Recent MMR outbreaks around Houston have been traced to imported cases (International Airport) that brought foreign cases into the area, that spread to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated kids. Measles can kill, so vaccines remain important. ...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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Adult immunization schedule question. Are all adults of any age now supposed to get tdap?

Adult immunization schedule question.  Are all adults of any age now supposed to get tdap?

Most should get this: Tdap is recommend for adults of any age who will be in contact with babies and children-particularly babies younger than 12 months. Additionally, pregnant women and adults who may be exposed to pertussis through their occupation (helathcare etc) should get protected. People who have sensitivities to components of the vaccine should discuss their options with their doctor. ...Read more

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What are the recommended health screenings for young women in college?

What are the recommended health screenings for young women in college?

Physically --: --breast exams, pap smears, hemoglobin, cholesterol, weight; but psychosocial evaluations are very important: depression, chronic fatigue, body image disorders, and eating disorders are common in high-achieving young women, and they are not immune to intimate partner violence as well. ...Read more

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What are the current recommendations for the pneumonia vaccine?

What are the current recommendations for the pneumonia vaccine?

Smokers for starters: The latest group of people that have been targeted are smokers, because they catch pneumonias more often. The other large group of patients to receive Pneumovax are those 65 and over. Those younger with diseases such as diabetes, asthma, chronic liver conditions, cardiac disease, and neoplasms, or those without a spleen, need one, as well as a 2nd shot, at least 5 years later, at age 65 plus. ...Read more

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What are the specific screening recommendations for women before menopause?

What are the specific screening recommendations for women before menopause?

??????: At age 30 you are about 20-21 yrs away from the avg age of menopause, you should be getting a pelvic and pap with breast exam every year std screening can also be done at that visit, i rec my pts to do month self breast exam after the period, baseline mammogram at age 35 if no one feels a lump or anything abnormal before that, multi- vitamin with calcium and vit d every day, eat healthy, don'tsmok. ...Read more

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What are the recommended fertility test for women and first things for women to do?

What are the recommended fertility test for women and first things for women to do?

Sperm count: Keep a good menstrual chart for your doctor to review. Just to make sure you ovulate regularly. Semenalysis should be the first test because it is cheaper than any tests you are going to have. ...Read more

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Hi Doc, I had the following list of immunizations in 2007. Can you explain what these combo immunizations are for separately and am I still current on them for travel internationally? HepA+B1, Ipol, Menactra, MMR, Tdap,Typhoid, HepA+B2, HepA+B3.

Hi Doc, I had the following list of immunizations in 2007.  Can you explain what these combo immunizations are for separately and am I still current on them for travel internationally? HepA+B1, Ipol, Menactra, MMR, Tdap,Typhoid, HepA+B2, HepA+B3.

It looks like you: completed the series of 3 shots for Hepatitis A and B and a measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) which should not require boosters. Your polio (lpol) should be fine if you had previously received the usual childhood series. Menactra (meningitis) should be fine for a 38 year unless you have special circumstances. Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis and typhoid may need boosters. See Doc or Travel Clinic. Be safe ...Read more

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What are the most important vaccines to be given in the first year?

What are the most important vaccines to be given in the first year?

VACCINES: All important vaccines are given in the first year of life. What babies need most are vaccines for whooping cough, pneumonia (prevnar), meningitis (hib and prevnar), severe gastroenteritis (rotavirus), polio, measles and chickenpox. Hep a and b vaccines can be given at a later date. The first four vaccines are given as early as 6 weeks of age because babies absolutely have no protection. ...Read more

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What are the common recommended vaccinations for adults?

What are the common recommended vaccinations for adults?

CDC: That is a bit of a complicated question and it depends on what you have had in the past, where you live, what you do, and where you plan to travel. Here is a helpful website, though: http://www.Cdc.Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6201a3.Htm that should give you every answer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

Fever, cough, aches: Influenza is characterized by the rapid onset of a fevers around 102, a non-productive, severe cough and marked body aches. Sometimes there can also be symptons of diarrhea with the recent h1n1, but less commonly with other influenza viruses. A flu shot is only 70% protective and immunity starts to decline 16 weeks after vaccination. ...Read more

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What should I do to be prepared for the avian flu in the u.S.? Is there a government stockpile of vaccine?

What should I do to be prepared for the avian flu in the u.S.?  Is there a government stockpile of vaccine?

Defunct disease: Avian flu peaked many years ago and disappeared almost as quickly as it surfaced. While another similar strain may emerge, that one is gone. ...Read more

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What are the downsides of the varicella vaccine for kids? The vaccine is not required in one state but not another -- are there any negatives to it?

What are the downsides of the varicella vaccine for kids?  The vaccine is not required in one state but not another -- are there any negatives to it?

Short term : Varicella vaccine is not a dead virus vaccine like flu shots. .It is attenuated (alive but weakened) and can therefore have side effects and symptoms like pain and redness at site of injection, temp elevation, and flu like symptoms these are short lived. Make sure your child is not allergic to anything in the vaccine as well. ...Read more

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What are the recommended health screenings for women in their 60s?

What are the recommended health screenings for women in their 60s?

There are several: It depends on her precise age, but in general these include pap smears and mammograms to screen for cervical and breast cancer, stool checks or colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer, screens for high bp, depression, alcohol abuse and possibly high cholesterol or blood sugar, obesity, osteoporosis and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. A good resource is the iphone app my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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What is best protection from the flu? How safe are the flu shots? Why do some dr's don't want their own families getting the flu vaccine?

What is best protection from the flu?  How safe are the flu shots? Why do some dr's don't want their own families getting the flu vaccine?

Flu shot: Or isolation in a sterile environment! impractical! the current vaccines are not painful, generally effective for the common flu viruses(of which there are many unfortunately). Most docs that i know take the shot! ...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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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