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Am I Contagious After Getting The Flu Vaccine
Shingles: This condition is caused by a recrudescence of prior infection with the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox. The purpose of the immunization is to prevent outbreaks. It will not eradicate the virus from your body, but you will not be communicating disease to anybody else unless you have active shingles and are in contact with someone who has not had chickenpox or vaccine. ...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
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
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
H1n1. When getting the shot for the flu, am i being shot up with the flu? I've gotten the flu shot before. About a week later...I got the flu.
Ok if not too ill: Mild illnesses need not cause one to postpone a flu shot. The current flu shot contains protection against h1n1 flu, another flu a, and a flu b. It is ok for a person with mild bronchitis to get the flu shot, if he has not other medical reasons for not getting the shot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Worse: Flu season has started early this year -- already 15% of tests are coming up positive for flu! the flu show may protect you against the predicted worst 3 flu types, and be sure to immunize yourself! it is hitting the hardest and fastest in the south. Georgia wll be the 6th state to have widespread flu soon! get your flu shot! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doctor, I am confused. Could i catch sore throat because of hdcv rabies vaccine. I am suffering from sore throat since after my second shot.
No: The rabies vaccine will not give you a sore throat. If you are allergic to it, you could have swelling in the throat but that usually causes respiratory problems and / or itching. It is more likely that you got a viral infection of the throat around the same time as the vaccination - completely unrelated. ...Read more
Depends: For most, a minor illness will not alter the benefit of getting the shot as it will seek out and stimulate a part of your immune system not active with your illness. If you feel bad enough that you don't want to get out and get it done i would just do it when you are feeling better. ...Read more
Last year i had anaphylaxis from keflex, 6 days after my flu shot. Does being allergic to keflex mean the flu shot isn't safe for me?
Yellow fever: It generally takes about 2 weeks or more to build up antibodies following immunization, and therefore you should get your vaccine immediately. Good luck and have a great trip. By the way, there is some evidence that yellow fever vaccine may modulate the course of chicungunya virus infection as well. ...Read more
I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year ?
Got post exposure rabies vaccine a month ago and booster shots yesterday, if I got exposed the next day after getting booster, am I still covered?
Yes: In general, completion of the anti-rabies series will protect for exposures during the 2 years following completion of the series. Those in high risk professions are advised to get boosters or have an antibody titer checked to see if a booster is needed for protection to remain high. ...Read more
Sometimes: The DTAP or the Tdap vaccines tend to cause a bit more muscle aches and low grade fever after receiving them than many of the other vaccines. It is not serious and usually resolves in a day or so. You may try taking Ibuprofen before your next vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I accidentally ate after someone who's been exposed to H1 N1 flu. She's been vaccinated. I have not. What are the chances of catching the flu from her?
Depends: Two of four strains in the original Gardasil are known to cause warts, so some protection against these strains is likely. Failing to get the third dose means the length of time you are protected will likely shorten.The original research showed the best long term benefit with the 3 dose series ...Read more
How diagnosed ?: If you took the injected vaccine, it is dead material and there is no way you got the flu from it. Was your "flu" diagnosed by a health practitioner using a flu test? You can certainly have a reaction/allergy to a component of the vaccine that makes you sick, and an allergist might be able to confirm that. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I finally after weeks of "umming an Arrring" I got the flu shot today while 22 weeks pregnant! It's flu season in AUSTRALIA so I got it and now worry?
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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