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When Do I Start Vaccinating
No, it's not: Thanks to recent events, there's a huge backlash against parents who are foolish enough to refuse immunization for their children. This is something you need to do as much for your neighbors as for your own child. Much of these folks' rhetoric boils down to, "I don't care of MY kid makes YOUR kid sick." ...Read more
Don't die from infect: Vaccines help prevent getting infected with illnesses that can seriously harm you or kill you. Think of it this way... A child born in 2011 has a risk of death by age 5 is one in several thousand. A child born in 1911 had a risk of death by 5 of 1 in 5! yes 20% chance. Much of that difference is due to decrease in vaccine preventable diseases. I would call that important. ...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 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants & children. This has resulted in > 30 preventable deaths, primarily in kids <6mo. Deaths attributed to dapt in the same period =0. ...Read more
YES: Yes, part of a good vaccination schedule is intended not just to protect those who get the vaccines, but also all those around the person getting the vaccine. Pertussis is a great example of that. Adults should get a tetanus shot called tdap, which includes pertussis protection. This helps prevent spread from adults to more susceptible infants. Get a flu shot yearly as well! ...Read more
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
You will be: Exposing your baby to numerous health risks. ...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
Vaccinations: Yes it is ok to be vaccinated more than once. ...Read more
If and when: The baby is sick do not vaccinate ...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
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
I think you are referring to polio. While polio does not occur in the U.S. Anymore, it still infects other parts of the world.
Infection can spread once again. Once a disease is totally eradicated from the world, vaccinations are not necessary, i.e. Smallpox.
The present vaccination recommendations prevent still present diseases in this world. ...Read more
Consider this: Many of the deadly diseases these prevent, like whooping cough kill mostly babies under a year. We lost ~40 in 2014 and had 40, 000 cases nationwide, mostly on the west coast. In the 90's (when moms vaccinated) we had no deaths/yr & about 2500 cases. The risk remains as long as a carrier can leave anywhere in the world, board a plane and be in your community in a day.Parenting is hard, but this is not ...Read more
People move around: Americans are a very mobile people. We travel to many places in our lifetimes. Also, tourists and workers from all over the world come to our communities. Thus, children should be vaccinated for serious and/or very contagious diseases, even if such diseases are not here at the moment. ...Read more
! 4 year old--Minor:
Legally, a 14 year old need not be asked permission for vaccination.
Of course, information, explanation and warning should be given to them.
The parent can make this decision.
Emancipated minors' definition in US may be different in Canada. Not familiar with that.
Please check with your doctor. ...Read more
Can you let me know how many of the population need to be vaccinated against a disease for it to be useful?
This is not being answered by an epidemiologist or by an infectious disease specialist. This is being answered by a person. I believe alleviating one person's suffering is beneficial.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
i shall not live in vain;
if I can ease one life the aching,
or cool one pain,
or help one fainting robin
unto his nest again,
i shall not live in vain. ...Read more
I am looking for an unbiased study that compares health outcome of a vaccinated group with a non vaccinatedgroup. Please help.
Done for every vacc.: In order for a vaccine to be approved in the United States, the maker has to prove to the FDA that the vaccine actually works (really decreases disease, or makes disease much milder), through years of research studies. The studies for the newer vaccines such as RotaTeq rotavirus diarrhea vaccine and Gardasil cervical cancer HPV vaccine may be available from the makers' or the FDA's websites. ...Read more
I had my child vaccinated up to a year old then became skeptical. Is there a way you can help me feel unskeptical? I want to get him vaccinated
Delusional thought: The suspicion about vaccines predates the founding of our country. Ben franklin, knowledgeable & articulate, resisted that new smallpox vaccination. In his memoirs he expressed regrets after loosing a son to smallpox. Move the clock forward to today & some will always resist truth & many babies will die or be injured for their folly. The success of vaccines has left many people ignorant to the danger. ...Read more
My 18 months son got nipped by neighbor dog, it was vaccinated but dr. Says its risky, he had antirabies shot and more in coming days. Is it necessary?
Check the dog...: One can call public health dept. And the humane society to see if the dog is truly vaccinated, or to see if the dog is observed at the pound. If the dog is proven to be non-rabid, the shots may not be needed. The average U.S. City should not have rabies, due to the success of pet vaccination programs and animal control programs. Rabies here is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. ...Read more
My cat "fully vaccinated" attacked my grandfather & I, she bit and scratched him several times...I also had a scratch my self, so should I be worried?
Worried?: Yes. Please make sure the cats are fully vaccinated and make sure that you and your grandfather are taking good care of the scratches. ...Read more
Depends: If you want them to live the vulnerable lives kids had in the 1700's & opt out, you should walk through an old grave yard & look at all the small headstones. Progress in vaccinations is one of the greatest advances in health during the 20th century. As long as there is international air travel, your kids can be exposed to imported cases of disease from around the world. It is foolish to think otherwise ...Read more
Absolutely: The diseases your child is vaccinated against can cause some serious problems. The problems these diseases have caused in the past have been forgotten. However, in instances when vaccination has been stopped, the diseases returned. An example of a recurring illness is the current outbreak of whooping cough. ...Read more
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