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#1 You might need a tetanus shot if…
Any contaminated puncture wounds, whether from a rusty nail, bite, or scratch, may require a tetanus shot and TIG if your immunizations aren’t current.
#2 DTaP stands for…
DTaP stands for Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular Pertussis.
#3 If you miss one or more of your child’s sets of shots, you will usually need to…
In general, you do not need to restart the entire series of a vaccine if you miss one or more doses. You should schedule a visit as soon as possible to get caught up though.
#4 If your child has a possible side effect after getting his vaccines, you can report it to…
You or your Pediatrician can report possible vaccine side effects to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
#5 Prevnar is a vaccine that protects against infections with the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, which commonly causes…
The Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria can commonly cause meningitis, blood infections, pneumonia and ear infections.
#6 In general, vaccines are…
#7 Heather Whitestone, who was crowned Miss America in 1994, was deaf because of…
Newspapers reported that Heather Whitestone, who won the Miss America pageant in 1994, had a reaction to the DPT shot. In reality, her deafness was a result of a Hib infection.
#8 If you want to protect your healthy 6 year old against the flu, you can get him a flu vaccine in a…
Flumist, a nasal spray flu vaccine, can be given to healthy children who are at least 2 years old, so this child could either get a regular flu shot or the nasal spray.
#9 Which of the following vaccines usually aren’t given until your child’s first birthday?
The first MMR vaccine usually isn’t given until a child is 12-15 months of age, although it can be given as early as 6 months if they will be traveling to a high risk area or during an outbreak, with the dose repeated at 12 months. The first DTaP is given at 2 months and the influenza vaccine (flu shot) can be given to infants over age 6 months. The Td or tetanus vaccine is not given until a child is at least 7 years old.
#10 At what age can children begin getting yearly flu shots?
#11 You can get a flu vaccine if you are…
In general, you can get a flu shot if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. People with severe egg allergies should talk to their doctor before getting a flu shot, but they can still usually be vaccinated. There is no association between milk allergies and the flu shot.
#12 MMR stands for…
MMR is a combination of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines.
#13 Before going to college, students, especially those that will be living in a dorm should consider getting…
#14 There are vaccines to prevent your child from getting infected with the…
#15 In the United States, the oral polio vaccine is…
The oral polio or Sabin vaccine is no longer given to children in the United States because in a few people (about one in 2.4 million), it can cause polio. The oral polio vaccine is actually better at keeping the disease from spreading to other people though and is still used in many parts of the world.
#16 There are vaccines that can protect people against…
#17 You have lost your 5 year olds shot records and he is about to start school. You may have to…
Since Hib and Prevnar are usually only given to children under age 5, you would not have to repeat all of his shots. You will have to repeat some of them though (DTaP (4doses), IPV (3doses), hepatitis A (2 doses), hepatitis B (3 doses), MMR (2 doses), Chickenpox (2 doses)) if you do not test his immunity or titer testing does not prove that he is immune.
#18 If a women is pregnant, which shots should her kids not receive?
#19 Waning immunity is an issue for which of the following vaccines?
#20 Your child should not get a vaccine if…
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