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What Are Your Views On Vaccinating Children
Vaccines : Full schedule of vaccines for the US can be found through the CDC. In brief: Children receive (not in this order): diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A/B, strep pneumo, polio, hemophilus influenza type B, rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, meningococcus, influenza, human papilloma virus. Other vaccines available depending on travel or other circumstances. ...Read more
State issue: Vaccination requirements are set by the states and vary in timing and content.Some states require them for entry into any state licensed day care setting. Private and public universities and other institutions also set their own requirements.I will not allow un- vaccinated children into my practice or into my waiting rooms. ...Read more
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 40000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants ; children. This has resulted in > 30 preventable deaths, primarily in kids. ...Read more
VACCINE PREVENTABLE: Diseases: 30-35 yrs ago per your age: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis b/a, hemophylus influenza-b, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, seasonal influenza/h1n1. Additions in last 12-20 yrs: rotavirus, pneumococcal (pcv-7/13), meningitis, cervical cancer/genital wart (hpv), shingles. Some travel /tropical/special: tuberculosis (bcg), typhoid, paratyphoid, yellow fever, rabies. ...Read more
I just read that children must be routinely vaccinated against hpv. I ve never been vaccinated against hpv. Should i?
HPV vaccine: Hpv is approved and recommended in the us for ages 11-26, for both males and females, in order to prevent human papilloma virus infection complications, such as cervical and vulvovaginal cancer, genital warts and other hpv related cancers. It is a 3 shot vaccine series given over 6 months, and is covered by most health plans. If you have never received the vaccine series i would recommend it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?
According : According to the schedule from the center for disease control and the academy of pediatrics, the first measles vaccination (along with mumps and rubella) is given between 12 and 15 months of age. The second vaccination is given around ages 4-6. Extensive research has been done to look into the claims that the MMR vaccine causes autism and this has been found to be not true. I attached a website discussing the safety of the MMR vaccine below. My daughter will be getting her MMR vaccine next week when she turns 1. ...Read more
I am considering a daycare for my daughter that accepts children who aren't vaccinated. My child is up to date on all shots. Would she be fine in this environment?
No; get the vaccines: Since modern vaccines have been available, hundreds of thousands of children have been saved by vaccines. Everything in life has its risks, but the risk in a vaccine is miniscule compared to the risk of the bad diseases. So, to live together equitably in our society, every child takes the miniscule risks of vaccines, and every child has an equal opportunity to enjoy a healthy life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Confusing question: Measles as a single vaccine has not been available for general use in the us in decades.The oral polio vaccine was replaced in the us by the injectable formulation in the 1990's. The MMR and polio are safe vaccines and an extra dose has no particular negative consequences to anyone unless they had a specific allergy to a component of the vaccine. ...Read more
If vaccination protects children from diseases, why can an unvaccinated child infect a vaccinated child?
Vaccines seldom 100%: The protection provided by vaccines can approach 100% in some cases but not all. Infected kids spread their diseases to infants that are too young to be vaccinated, those that have not completed a full vaccine series or those whose immune system fails to have a full benefit from the vaccine.A measles outbreak in houston was traced to air travelers entering from abroad, 1/3 vaccinated, 2/3 not. ...Read more
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