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Do vaccines work?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Vaccination programs are one of the biggest success stories in medicine in terms of impact on health and mortality rates.
Vaccinations have wiped out smallpox, reduced global polio by 99%, and are estimated to save 2 million lives every year from death secondary to preventable infectious disease. Few if any medications can claim such success.

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In brief: Yes

Vaccination programs are one of the biggest success stories in medicine in terms of impact on health and mortality rates.
Vaccinations have wiped out smallpox, reduced global polio by 99%, and are estimated to save 2 million lives every year from death secondary to preventable infectious disease. Few if any medications can claim such success. Consult a doctor for a more personalized answer ›
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology , 12 years in practice
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
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In brief: Antibodies

Your body produces antibodies against the killed or live virus, so if exposed to that illness, then the body can "recognize" that they have seen it before, so you won't get sick.

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In brief: Antibodies

Your body produces antibodies against the killed or live virus, so if exposed to that illness, then the body can "recognize" that they have seen it before, so you won't get sick. Connect with Dr. Jonathan Jassey now ›
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics , 10 years in practice
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Induce immunity

Vaccines provide immunity to infection without having to get sick first.
Example: haemophilus influenzae (h. Flu) is a bacteria that causes meningitis. H. Flu vaccine shows polysaccharide (sugar) pieces of h. Flu to a child's immune system tied to a protein which helps the young immune system "see" the germ and make antibodies against it. If infection occurs, those antibodies prevent illness.

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In brief: Induce immunity

Vaccines provide immunity to infection without having to get sick first.
Example: haemophilus influenzae (h. Flu) is a bacteria that causes meningitis. H. Flu vaccine shows polysaccharide (sugar) pieces of h. Flu to a child's immune system tied to a protein which helps the young immune system "see" the germ and make antibodies against it. If infection occurs, those antibodies prevent illness. Would you like to talk to a doctor now? ›
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology , 12 years in practice
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Absolutely and Safe

In addition to my colleagues answers, a recent study estimated over 100 million cases of disease have been prevented by vaccines.
The documented improvement in the United States is 98-99% of cases that would have been caused by vaccine preventable diseases have been prevented.

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In brief: Absolutely and Safe

In addition to my colleagues answers, a recent study estimated over 100 million cases of disease have been prevented by vaccines.
The documented improvement in the United States is 98-99% of cases that would have been caused by vaccine preventable diseases have been prevented. Consult a doctor for a more personalized answer ›
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics , 39 years in practice
Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Absolutely! the world is free of smallpox that at once was a devastating disease.
Polio is almost completely gone. It wasn't long ago, when families lived in fear of these diseases prematurely taking their children away from them. Almost all of today's vaccines are dead and cannot cause the disease themselves, do not contain mercury and ultimately protect your child.

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In brief: Yes

Absolutely! the world is free of smallpox that at once was a devastating disease.
Polio is almost completely gone. It wasn't long ago, when families lived in fear of these diseases prematurely taking their children away from them. Almost all of today's vaccines are dead and cannot cause the disease themselves, do not contain mercury and ultimately protect your child. Consult a doctor now ›
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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics , 16 years in practice
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