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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: According to the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the flu season in South Africa occurs anywhere between the beginning of A ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: The vaccine itself stays in the body only a few days. The antibodies can last from 6 months to many years. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Varies by Location: If you have insurance it is covered by most insurance without any copay and is available at most drug stores like CVS/WALGREN and others.Also availabl ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nadine Lahage
21 years experience Neonatology
It saves lives: Flu vaccine is made of either an inactivated virus (injection) or and attenuated virus (intranasal). None of the 2 forms can give you a disease that w ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not likely: Vaccinations are not mandatory and except in a national emergency, government is not likely to mandate vaccination.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccin ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
42 years experience Preventive Medicine
Hardly any: Flu vaccine is very safe. Vast majority of people will have nothing worse than a slightly sore upper arm. Even if you get the flu later in the season ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Yes: The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Flu shot: Though rare, one can develop an allergic reaction to a vaccine which causes high levels of histamine. Typically, histamine levels remain low or minima ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eleanor Host
28 years experience Family Medicine
There are 3 strains: Every year a bunch of experts meet and decide what strains to put in the flu vaccine for the next season. They usually put in 3 different types, almos ... Read More
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