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Immunotherapy and Allergy Vaccination

Dr. Sarika Verma 90% (104 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB - ENT, Allergy Testing
ENT Specialist, Gurgaon
Immunotherapy and Allergy Vaccination

Immunotherapy which is also known as allergy shots is a type of treatment which has long-term benefits. Immunotherapy helps in reducing the chance of different kinds of allergic issues to develop later in life. The chance of having allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, stinging insect allergy and even conjunctivitis are all diminished with the help of these allergy shots. Allergy shots help your body become immune to different allergens which can later trigger an allergic reaction. Any individual, who notices symptoms for more than 3 months in a year and does not see the medicines make any significant headway, should definitely consider taking immunotherapy.

What is the Immunotherapy Treatment?
The treatment of immunotherapy allows the doctor to inject small doses of whatever substance you are allergic to, also known as allergens, under your skin. This procedure helps your body get used to the allergens which in turn help in reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. For allergy shots, your doctor first carries out a test to determine which allergen is the patient allergic to. The doctor might then use weed, pollen or dust mites, molds and even animal dander as allergy shots.

In the beginning of the treatment, the doctor may give these allergy shots once or twice every week, depending on the need. Once the patient reaches the point of maintenance doses, the same dose is injected in the patient’s body every 2-4 weeks for up to 6 months. Once the 6 month period is also over, the dose is reduced to once a month. A checkup will be done by your allergist after a year to see whether the symptoms have become less severe or not. If there is no remarkable change witnessed then the doctor does not prescribe continuing the same treatment, however, if there is an improvement then you may have to continue taking the shots for up to 3 to 5 years.

Results of the Treatment
There is no definite assurance of being completely cured after taking immunotherapy as the allergy might return for some within a few years. For others at the same time, the allergy might show no sign of returning and the patient can be completely cured. Most of the times, this treatment is absolutely safe when given correctly. However, symptoms of asthma, hives and low blood pressure can be a matter of grave concern as it can be a life-threatening reaction. Emergency care should be provided immediately in such a case.

As per doctor we gave first Easy six vaccine on 6 weeks but didn't give rotavirus and PCV as it is mentioned optional in vaccination chart. Now my baby is 2 months old. So please suggest, can we start rotavirus and PCv after 2 months?

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician,
As per doctor we gave first Easy six vaccine on 6 weeks but didn't give rotavirus and PCV as it is mentioned optional...
You can certainly start the Rotavirus and PCV vaccines now Rotavirus vaccine must be completed before 8 months of age PCV three primary doses with an interval of 4 weeks and a booster between 12 and 15 months of age.
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Hi Sir, My baby is 6 weeks old now. For vaccination where we can go? Govt or private hospital? Vaccination chart given by govt and private is different. Private hospital vaccination chart for 6 weeks baby (DTwP1, IPV1, HEP-B2, HIB-1, Rotavirus-1, PCV1) Govt hospital vaccination chart for 6 weeks. (OPV-1, pentavalent-1, IPV. What is the difference between those vaccination? Kindly advise.

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician,
Hi Sir, My baby is 6 weeks old now. For vaccination where we can go? Govt or private hospital? Vaccination chart give...
The Pentavalent vaccine is a combination of five vaccines:- (1) DTwP - Diphtheria, Pertussis (whole cell) & tetanus (3 vaccines) (2) Hepatitis B (1 vaccine) (3) Hemophilus Influenza B (1 vaccine) Making a total of five vaccine combined in a single injection IPV - is the injectable Polio vaccine OPV is the oral Polio vaccine The Government provides the above vaccines free of cost. The private hospital chart includes two more vaccines viz: - Rotavirus vaccine is given to babies below six months to prevent Rota virus diarrhoea which can result in loose motions lasting for between 4 to 7 days and may cause dehydration requiring admission of the baby for intravenous fluids. The vaccine reduces the severity of the disease. PCV 1 - Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine is for the prevention of diseases caused by Pneumococcus and infants les than two years of age are most prone. These include infection of the coverings of the brain (Meningitis), infection of the blood (Septicemia), infection of the lungs (Pneumonia) and infection of the ear (Otitis media). THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
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Hi Sir, My baby is 6 weeks old now. For vaccination where we can go? Govt or private hospital? Vaccination chart given by govt and private is different. Private hospital vaccination chart for 6 weeks baby (DTwP1, IPV1, HEP-B2, HIB-1, Rotavirus-1, PCV1) Govt hospital vaccination chart for 6 weeks. (OPV-1, pentavalent-1, IPV. kindly advise.

Dr. Siddhi Wadambe 91% (19 ratings)
Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician, Mumbai
Hi Sir, My baby is 6 weeks old now. For vaccination where we can go? Govt or private hospital? Vaccination chart give...
You can give rotavirus in private set up n rest vaccines in govt as both r same. Also rotavirus is given orally in form of drops. So do not worry.
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Taking Inactivated Influenza Vaccine - Is It Beneficial?

Dr. Ashish Kale 84% (93 ratings)
MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Diploma In Endopelvic Surgery, FICS
Gynaecologist, Pune
Taking Inactivated Influenza Vaccine - Is It Beneficial?

During pregnancy, flu (influenza) can impose serious health implications for both the mother and the child. Due to pregnancy, the risk of developing complications like pneumonia are very high, which can pose as a problem during childbirth. Miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth are some of the major issues, which might develop if the mother has suffered from flu during her pregnancy. Although flu vaccination during pregnancy has certain risks, it has been observed that in most cases the benefits of inactivated influenza vaccine outweigh the risks. However, Live attenuated influenza vaccine is not recommended at all during pregnancy.

Recommendations across the world suggest that prevention of influenza by administration of inactivated influenza vaccine is the best intervention in pregnancy. The vaccine for Flushould be administered before the onset of flu season. RANZCOG, NHS UK, RCOG, FOGSI recommends inactivated flu vaccine for all the pregnant women unless there are any contraindications. 

Taking inactivated influenza vaccine can be beneficial in multiple ways:


1. Prevents maternal complications: During pregnancy, the heart and lungs go through extra stress. Pregnancy can also severely impact your immune system. Opting for a inactivated flu vaccine can decrease significantly, the chance of falling severely ill due to flu.

2. Prevents pregnancy problems due to flu: Getting infected by flu during pregnancy can increase the chance of miscarriage during childbirth. Administering inactivated flu shots can prevent miscarriage as well as premature birth and low birth weight.

3. Protects the baby after birth: Infants have a huge risk of getting infected with flu after birth. But as vaccines cannot be administered to them until they are 6 months old, it is the best recourse to opt for inactivated flu shots during pregnancy as the antibodies pass onto the child from the mother via placenta. The child can hence be protected from such diseases.

Some concerns
Often, one fear about the vaccine, is the development of Gullain Barre syndrome. This is very rare and the risk of GBS are higher following influenza like illness. Also, if the patient is allergic to eggs they are advised to consult a physician. Flu vaccines have traces of egg protein in it. Certain precautions are taken after studying the patient's medical history. The doctor may keep the patient under observation. Or in certain instances the physician might suggest alternative flu vaccine, which do not contain egg protein. Physicians decide it after studying any prior allergic reaction.

As per  the WHO SAGE position paper, from 1990 to 2009 the vaccine adverse event reporting system database in USA reported only 20 serious adverse events following administration of trivalent influenza vaccine to an estimated 11.8 million pregnant women. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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I do not have any problem. But my son aged 3 months. How much dose require of rotavirus vaccine.

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician,
I do not have any problem. But my son aged 3 months. How much dose require of rotavirus vaccine.
There are currently three Rotavirus vaccines available. Two are imported and one is Indian Monovalent Rotavirus Vaccine (imported) 2 doses at 4 weeks interval Pentavalent Vaccine (Imported) 3 doses at 4 week intervals Monovalent Vaccine (Indian) 3 doses at 4 week intervals The vaccine course has to be completed before 8 months of age.
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My child just 4 month old when did vaccines he cry can I apply for this gel or suggest any other.

Dr. K.S.Rao 87% (37 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
My child just 4 month old when did vaccines he cry can I apply for this gel or suggest any other.
Try Tantum gel application at the site of vaccination. It might reduce the pain and reduce the swelling.
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BCG injection given wrongly on right side before 1 month and today on same hand they gave another injection (vaccine) of 50 days to my son of 53 days old at government centre. Pls let me know if this is big concern.

DNB (Pediatrics), Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
BCG injection given wrongly on right side before 1 month and today on same hand they gave another injection (vaccine)...
Hi, No need to panic. Bcg is given on left hand only for uniformity .Do not worry, but for 53 days old there are no other vaccines to be given on hand except bcg. Have they repeated it?
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I gave easy six vaccine of penis biotech to my baby in 2.5 and 3.5 month. But now I heard from one doc that it is not recommended by WHO. And there is no evidence of its efficacy as there is no clinical trial. Is it true? I am really worried for my baby.

Dr. Shripad Kulkarni 93% (862 ratings)
M.D.( Pediatrics), DCH
Pediatrician,
I gave easy six vaccine of penis biotech to my baby in 2.5 and 3.5 month. But now I heard from one doc that it is not...
It is effective. When you are in doubt due to multiple opinions and some of them even contradictory, follow WHO, GOI, IAP recommendations. All these organizations don't earn themselves by recommending vaccines. Have a faith, it's necessary for happy and peaceful mind.
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I gave easy six vaccine to my baby in 2.5 and 3.5 month. Previously I gave him hexaxim on 1.5 month. But now I heard from one doc that it is not recommended by WHO. And there is no evidence of its efficacy as there is no clinical trial. Is it true? I am really worried for my baby.

Dr. Divya Shree 92% (86 ratings)
MBBS, MRCPCH
Pediatrician, Bangalore
I gave easy six vaccine to my baby in 2.5 and 3.5 month. Previously I gave him hexaxim on 1.5 month. But now I heard ...
We do use easysix and it has undergone necessary quality and safety trials else it can not be in the medical market. Rest assured.
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