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What does an allergic reaction from the flu shot look like?

What does an allergic reaction from the flu shot look like?

Local vs systemic: A local reaction involves swelling of the injection site with associated pain. A systemic reaction can involve a rash, cough, swelling of the face and difficulty breathing. ...Read more

Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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My daughter is scheduled to get her flu shot in November. I'm terrified because I'm afraid she will have an allergic reaction. What can I do?

My daughter is scheduled to get her flu shot in November. I'm terrified because I'm afraid she will have an allergic reaction. What can I do?

Mgt: If your child has an egg allergy, please let your provider know. Even with an egg allergy, many patients will still be able to safely receive the flu vaccine. I would suggest reviewing the side effects with your physician. ...Read more

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My daughter is able to get her flu shot but I'm scared she will have an allergic reaction to the chicken eggs used. Any suggestions?

My daughter is able to get her flu shot but I'm scared she will have an allergic reaction to the chicken eggs used. Any suggestions?

What type of: reaction did she have in the past? If there has been any reaction that can be attributed, then the flu shot is not for her. If she has had a reaction, and she got the flu shot, I would have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and/or Atarax ready with perhaps some Epi pen just in case. Egg allergies can be nasty and unpredictable. ...Read more

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Every time i get flu shot i get sick badly. should i even bother getting one? im 32 with bad all yr allergies and diabetic..

Every time i get flu shot i get sick badly. should i even bother getting one? im 32 with bad all yr allergies and diabetic..

Uncommon: Since flu vaccines (aside from the nasal spray form) consist of killed virus , they shouldn't make you ill. There are rare cases of neurologic complication from flu vaccine reported. There is an intradermal form of flu vaccine which you may be able to tolerate. However if you still get sick from it regardless of the mechanism, discuss with your doctor re. pros and cons in skipping it. ...Read more

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Last night before bed, i started to cough. Now all day today, i can't stop coughing! no other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?

Last night before bed, i started to cough. Now all day today, i can't stop coughing! no other symptoms besides a ticklish throat. I have asthma & allergies & received a flu shot. What could this be?

Lots of things: Could be asthma, post nasal drip down the back of throat, or a virus, or a way some people present from reflux. If over the counter cough medicines don't help and keeping a cool mist humidifier by your bed, see your doctor(assuming you tried using your asthma medication ). ...Read more

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My friend has a sore throat, stomach ache, headache and fatigue. He got the flu shot a few weeks ago. Is it allergies? A cold? What could it be?

My friend has a sore throat, stomach ache, headache and fatigue. He got the flu shot a few weeks ago. Is it allergies? A cold? What could it be?

Many possibilities: Not the flu unless he was already in the early stages. In the flu shot the viral genetic material has been denature or "killed." your body will probably react with mild symptoms because of the remaining products used in you immune response. The responses vary on how fast your immune system responds. Could be many causes .. Least of which is the flu. ...Read more

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I have had allergic reactions to the MMR and the tdap as an adult. Iam still experiencing symptoms from the tdap. It is mandatory to have take the flu shot where i work. I am also being treated for an unusual scalp lesion that will not heal for the last

I have had allergic reactions to the MMR and the tdap as an adult. Iam still experiencing  symptoms from the tdap. It is mandatory to have  take the flu shot where i work. I am also being treated for an unusual scalp lesion that will not heal for the last

Speak with Doctor: You cannot be forced to take the flu shot. Though it is much safer to be vaccinated against influenza than to contract this deadly virus, you can speak with your primary care doctor who can help you to advise your employer of your decision not to get the flu shot. ...Read more

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If i m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

If i m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

No: Despite its popularity, some recent studies of echinacea have not found that it helps. Commonly used when people get colds...There is no good clinical evidence for its use. If echinacea does have a benefit, many researchers feel that it has not been proven. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more