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i got the flu shot but still got the flu

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Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
The : The influenza vaccine can help protect people from influenza viruses, but how well it works depends on 2 main factors: -the age and health of the pers ... Read More
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Flu: Great question. Some people got a milder form of the flu after the shot. The flu shot is always an educated guess as to what the flu each year will be ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Possibilities: In any flu season there will be at least 4-6 distinct strains of flu circulating the globe. At most, they can include 3-4 strains (the most common) in ... Read More

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Flu vaccine: The influenza vaccine prevents against a certain type of flu virus/strain that cause certain symptoms and illness. You might just have a viral cold or ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
47 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: The flu shot is not 100% protective for everyone, and if the virus mutates during the course of the year, then the shot may not be effective.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
See your doctor: See you doctor.Symptoms may not be due to flu shot after three weeks.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Not flu: Flu season is over and it is not likely that you suffer from influenza or flu. However, your symptoms are suggesting a viral infection and I suggest s ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Not unusual: Influenza vaccine contains the strains of the virus most commonly in circulation at the beginning of the year. The virus mutates (drifts), and so you ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
1 season: The influenza vaccine is only effective for one season (winter months). They alter the vaccine each year to try and cover the most likely strains of ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Vanderbrook
21 years experience Family Medicine
Flu: The best protection from the flu is getting immunized, avoiding sick people, hand-washing, getting adequate rest and fluids. If you have a healthy im ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Being normal: A person is normal when she gets a flu shot and doesn't get sick. She is unlucky if she coincidentally gets sick after a flu shot. Realize that some p ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Injection: Observe for spreading redness and burning sensation which are signs of infection. For itching take nonsedating antihistamine like claritin or apply co ... Read More

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