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Doctor insights on: When Do I Start Vaccinating

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Is it okay to decide to not have child (ren) vaccinated?

Is it okay to decide to not have child (ren) vaccinated?

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

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When should I get my baby vaccinated?

When should I get my baby vaccinated?

Follow the guideline: Your pediatrician should follow the America Academy of Pediatrics schedule for vaccinations. You can view the schedule and more information on which vaccines are given and why through the american academy of pediatrics website. Http://www2.aap. Org/immunization/ ...Read more

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Why it is important to get vaccinated?

Why it is important to get vaccinated?

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

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How can vegans get vaccinated for anything?

How can vegans get vaccinated for anything?

Like anyone else: Most vegans are intelligent people who recognize the value of immunizations even if they contain some animal products, and the fact that there's no substituting. Similarly, religions that forbid eating pork allow the faithful to take a heart valve derived from a pig. ...Read more

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Should I continue to get my kids vaccinated?

Should I continue to get my kids vaccinated?

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

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Should people around my baby get vaccinated?

Should people around my baby get vaccinated?

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

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How to tell if I need to be vaccinated again?

How to tell if I need to be vaccinated again?

Which vaccination: Are you referring to and what is the situation? ...Read more

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If a vaccinated dog bit me. What should I do?

If a vaccinated dog bit me. What should I do?

Dog bite: Dog saliva contains certain bacteria that can cause infection. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water then consult your doctor for prescription of suitable antibiotics. ...Read more

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What diseases are most children. Vaccinated against?

What diseases are most children. Vaccinated against?

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

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What will happen if my baby doesn't get vaccinated?

What will happen if my baby doesn't get vaccinated?

You will be: Exposing your baby to numerous health risks. ...Read more

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Are children required to get vaccinated in the U.S.?

Are children required to get vaccinated in the U.S.?

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

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Would it be acceptable to be vaccinated more than once?

Vaccinations: Yes it is ok to be vaccinated more than once. ...Read more

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What are the diseases we are vaccinated against as children?

What are the diseases we are vaccinated against as children?

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

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What to do if I got vaccinated yesterday morning and now I'm in pain?

What to do if I got vaccinated yesterday morning and now I'm in pain?

Take something: The pain after vaccinations is usually caused by the body learning to fight off what the vaccine is against. The pain usually lasts only a few days.

Take some Acetaminophen or an NSAID (like Ibuprofen or naprosyn) available over the counter. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's worth the risk to get your children vaccinated?

Can you explain if it's worth the risk to get your children vaccinated?

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

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Why does my child need to be vaccinated against disease no one gets anymore?

Why does my child need to be vaccinated against disease no one gets anymore?

Theyr'e not: 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

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Is it really bad if my baby is almost two and hasn't been vaccinated at all?

Is it really bad if my baby is almost two and hasn't been vaccinated at all?

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

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Why should I get my child vaccinated for diseases that are not common where we live?

Why should I get my child vaccinated for diseases that are not common where we live?

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

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In Canada is youth child (14 years old.) aloud to get vaccinated without his her permission?

In Canada is youth child (14 years old.) aloud to get vaccinated without his her permission?

! 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

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Can you let me know how many of the population need to be vaccinated against a disease for it to be useful?

Can you let me know how many of the population need to be vaccinated against a disease for it to be useful?

Pain/ suffering: 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

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I am looking for an unbiased study that compares health outcome of a vaccinated group with a non vaccinatedgroup. Please help.

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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Do babies have to get vaccinated?

Do babies have to get vaccinated?

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

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Is it still necessary to be vaccinated for smallpox?

No: Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. The only places where the virus might be located would be at specific (& few) laboratories. ...Read more

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Can shingles be vaccinated for?

Can shingles be vaccinated for?

Yes: There is a vaccine available for shingles. Discuss with your doctor to determine if you qualify for the shingles vaccine. ...Read more

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Should I get my newborn vaccinated?

Should I get my newborn vaccinated?

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