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What is the difference between immunotherapy and vaccination?

What is the difference between immunotherapy and vaccination?

Same and different: Immunotherapy is a medical term defined as the treatment of disease by inducing, enhancing, or suppressing an immune response. Some are designed to elicit or amplify an immune response and are called activation immunotherapies. Vaccines are of this type. While immunotherapies that reduce or suppress are classified as suppression immunotherapies. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Immunotherapy (Definition)

Encompasses subcutaneous, patch or sublingual treatment with increasing amounts of specific allergen. Used for allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and hymenoptera hypersensitivity (and in ongoing trials for food allergy). Specific IgE-mediated disease must be proven. Indications are lack of symptom control despite medication/avoidance, reduce risk of anaphylaxis, or ...Read more


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What's the difference in td and tdap? We were vaccinated for whooping cough 2yrs ago. Does that count as a tetanus shot too or have i misunderstood?

What's the difference in td and tdap?  We were vaccinated for whooping cough 2yrs ago. Does that count as a tetanus shot too or have i misunderstood?

Tdap: Tdap contains both tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), so yes that does count as a tetanus shot. Close household contacts of young infants should receive tdap to protect them from whooping cough, which can be deadly. Also pregnant woman should receive a dose with each pregnancy. Tetanus shots protect against tetanus for clean cuts for 10 yrs, for "dirty" (rusty or dirty wounds) 5 yrs. ...Read more

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Can someone with hep b still get the vaccination?

Can someone with hep b still get the vaccination?

Not for HepB: Some one who has already Hep B infection the vaccine will do nothing and is not indicated But all other Vaccines can be given ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hepatitis b with vaccination?

Is it possible to get hepatitis b with vaccination?

Yes: About 5% of the us population has a genetic background that makes them unable to respond to the hepatitis b vaccine. If you work in a high risk occupation (like health care) or engage in higher risk behaviors, it is best to have your hepatitis b surface antibody titer checked to make sure you responded. People who don't respond get different management if they have a high risk exposure. ...Read more

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What should I expect from a hepatitis b vaccination?

Hepatitis B: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is fairly benign. It is a 3 dose series with the second dose 1-2 months after the first and the third dose 4-6 months after the second. Side effects are very mild with low grade fever and soreness at the injection site. ...Read more

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I didn't finish my hep b vaccination course? Is this bad?

I didn't finish my hep b vaccination course? Is this bad?

YOU NEED TO FINISH: If you want to be immune to the HepB virus for your protection you should complete the 3 shot series.Otherwise you are still susceptible to get infected to HepB if exposed ...Read more

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Is there any cure/medicine or vaccination that can cure hep b permanently?

Is there any cure/medicine or vaccination that can cure hep b permanently?

Hep B cure: The best cure is avoiding the infection, and for that there is an effective vaccine. It is spread by contact with even a very small amount of blood. When you get hepatitis b infection, it is usually cleared by the body. Sometimes there is chronic infection. The vaccination doesn't cure help this. There are treatments that help some people get rid of the virus for good. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b vaccination for 0, 7 , 21 day schedule - can I actually get my third shot later than the 21st day?

Hepatitis b vaccination for 0, 7 , 21 day schedule - can I actually get my third shot later than the 21st day?

Yes: This booster can be delayed for a considerable period without losing the benefit. I would plan to get it as the long term benefit of the first two is not maintained unless you get the 3rd. ...Read more

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If i'm on the hepatitis b vaccination for 0, 7 , 21 day schedule - can I have my third shot later than the 21st day?

If i'm on the hepatitis b vaccination for 0, 7 , 21 day schedule - can I have my third shot later than the 21st day?

Yes: This can be delayed weeks or months and still be effective. You will not have to start over. However, you will not be fully protected until you complete the series. ...Read more

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My husband is a carrier of hepatitis b i think. I had the vaccination when inwas a baby. Can you educate me about hepatitis?

Hep b prevention: Women who become pregnant will get tested for hepatitis b. If you find out if you have an active infection with hepatitis b, is not in the world for your pregnancy because any neonatal exposure can be prevented and treated with antibodies given afterbirth and vaccines. ...Read more

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I want protection from hepatitis b for my family, me 58, wife 50, son 29, son 28. Should we get vaccination directly or we need to get some tests ?

I want protection from hepatitis b for my family, me 58, wife 50, son 29, son 28. Should we get vaccination directly or we need to get some tests ?

Reasonable thought: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is available in different locations through a variety of methods. Some pharmacist in my state will provide them as a drop in. Physicians are often required to have a physician patient relationship to provide any treatments (ongoing or new) that might entail an office visit within the last year. Make some calls. ...Read more

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Just found out my husband has hep b I've had the vaccinations and recently got tested to make sure I was immune and I am but can I still get hep b ?

Just found out my husband has hep b I've had the vaccinations and recently got tested to make sure I was immune and I am but can I still get hep b ?

Nope: If you've been vaccinated you should be fine. I would recommend you both be tested for other types of hepatitis, as the risk of hep b doing any damage increases significantly when coinfected with other types. ...Read more

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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