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A 34-year-old female asked:

Last year, i saw pharmacies advocating that you should get the initial flu shot, then another shot months later. is there logic in getting a 2nd shot?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Different seasons?..: Sometimes people is not familiar with the fact that the flu shot is given for many months for a year, and then the season starts again by August. Depending on what month that person got it the prior season it might be that by the time they get the new one for the new season it happens twice the same year. Two sets in the same season are recommended for children 6 mo-8 years old.
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Dr. Matt Wachsman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
No: I haven't heard that one. There are multiple types of flu shots some containing bird flu, seasonal flu (the usual flu shot), and / or non-seasonal flu type b
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Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: If you have had one consider yourself immunized as getting a second dose does not necessarily hike the antibody response. A second dose is usually given to those that are in some way immunocompromised a few weeks after the first dose
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Last updated Aug 15, 2014

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