My six-months old child is suffering from fever for past few days and has to be administered vaccines. Should I avoid vaccines as the child is ill?
-Latha, a resident of Perambur.
Vaccination has to be deferred when the child is suffering from minor illness. Mild febrile illness, exposure to infectious diseases and convalescence are not reasons to hold back vaccination by any means. The attending physician will be gauging the child’s clinical status and will be able to advise whether a delay in administration of the vaccine is needed. Except in cases of severe allergic reactions to one of the vaccine constituents or immune-compromised conditions, most of the other situations are transient and the child can be vaccinated later. Of note, precautions should be taken in children with seizures.
-Dr Daphney Gracia Antony, Consultant, Preventive health checks
I met with an accident last week and the wound in the knee is developing a yellow scab. Is it something to worry?
-Abhishek, a resident of Ekkatuthangal.
Usually, a blood clot is formed around the wound to form a temporary dry crust called a scab. This scab is usually to seal the wound automatically by the body and prevents bleeding. Scabs are usually dark red or brown in colour initially, and they often get darker during the healing process. However, in some people, a scab may develop into a yellow crust when pus builds up and is usually a sign of infection. However, it can ooze out of its own and is not of much concern.
-Dr V Ranjith, General physician.