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Am I Contagious After Getting The Flu Vaccine
Mild rxn can occur.: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more
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
Yes: People who are sensitive to vaccines or the adjuvants in them can react and vomiting is a possibility. It is more likely to be associated with the vaccine reaction if it occurs right after or within 24 hours in my experience. Some people experience fever, fatigue, irritability, or just not feeling well after vaccines. ...Read more
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 it's likely to be mild. It's recommended for nearly everyone. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot because they are more susceptible to complications including death. People who have chronic conditions should get it too. ...Read more
No Risk, No Benefit: You may have localized swelling and pain at the injection site if you take a Flu shot twice, and I am sure your wallet will feel the loss of the co-pay for two shots -otherwise, you will be fine. Is there any particular reason you wish to take the Flu shot twice? Studies have not shown that additional doses within a 6 month period are helpful. Talk to your Doctor about your concerns. ...Read more
What is best protection from the flu? How safe are the flu shots? Why do some dr's don't want their own families getting the flu vaccine?
Last time I got the flu vaccination I was very sick for days afterwards. What could this mean, and should I continue getting the flu vaccine?
Yes: Lot of people mistakengly associate flu like symptoms around the flu shot from the injection> In most cases, they have other respiratory illnesses around the time which is clinically similar. Getting annual flu shots is a wise stepmand is quite safe to protect you from the actual flu illness, whci can be severe in some cases. ...Read more
I had polio when I was 2 years old (1952). Is there any concerns I should have regarding getting the flu vaccine?
Really no: There shouldn't be.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, but...: Note also that "flu vaccine" specifically covers influenza virus (and only targeted strains at that), where as people often refer to the "flu" during "flu season" as any viral illness (there are lots of other viruses which can cause fever and other symptoms besides influenza!). This is a large contributor to the misconception that someone's annual flu vaccine "didn't work". ...Read more
Hypochondriac-deathly afraid of flu. Heard so much paranoia and fear tactics used against getting the flu vaccine. What's the truth, is it safe?
Asked and answered: Didn't you just ask this question? The flu is a debilitating illness of fever, chills, muscle aches and pains. Depending upon the strain young people such as yourself are hit especially hard. One recent winter a disproportionate number of deaths were in young people. It can progress to a severe pneumonia. Side effects are mild. Serious side effects very rare. Fear the flu, not the shot. ...Read more
A flu vaccine has a probability of 70% of preventing a person who is inoculated from getting the flu, is this true?
Give or take:
The efficacy of the vaccine varies by season. Usually 60 to 80%. Here is CDC information:
http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/effectivenessqa. Htm ...Read more
Nasal Flu Vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine and is not contagious for healthy people. No serious illness has been reported among the contacts,
Only contact with severely weakened immune system and in protective envoirenment like after stem cell transplant, on chemotherapy, pre term infants be avoided ...Read more
Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others. This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine. It is a dead virus. If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more
Got flu vaccine in october, got typea flu on saturday, been on tamiflu (oseltamivir) since monday. No fever entire time. Feels better on tuesday. Still contagious?
Contagious: You should be ok by thursday.Get a more detailed answer ›
I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?
Can happen!: It is uncommon, but painful joints and arthritis sx can occur after a flu shot. Bear with it, because it is short lived. Low dose Prednisone (2.5-5mg) and nsaids should really improve your sx. Please do not less this "bad" experience keep you from getting vaccinated in the future. ...Read more
What should I do if I always get sick after getting the flu shot and my job requires me to have it?
you do not get flu:
First of all you do not get flu fromn flu vaccine as it is a killed virus vaccine and can not cause flu
and secondly flu vaccine is effective in preventing the major strain of flu that is expected to come in us in winter and cdc has been right about their prediction most of the time
if you get a little reaction from the ingedients in flu vaccine it will not be flu and will not last more than 2to3. ...Read more
Can you get the flu after getting the flu shot in janurary. I had flu symptoms like normal but they stopped a few days later.
Influenza: The vaccine is not 100% effective, even when you are encountering the same strain contained in it. Flu-like symptoms may not be due to influenza, but to one of several other viruses. So your answer is yes. You can get both influenza and influenza look-a-likes after receiving the vaccine. You can also get a modulated illness with the strain contained in the vaccine. ...Read more
Does getting the flu shot increase herd immunity? Should young, healthy people get it? I thought it was supposed to be for young children, pregnant women, and elderly people...? The "at-risk" population?
Flu shot: Everyone should get an annual flu shot. Herd immunity increases the more people are vaccinated. This prevents diseases from spreading. While pregnant women, infants and the elderly are at higher risk of death from flu no one can be certain they won’t be a victim. Protect your self and others by getting vaccinated. ...Read more
Yes: ABSOLUTELY, ASTOUNDINGLY YES!!Get a more detailed answer ›
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more
Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more
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