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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
Interesting question: In theory the vaccine have three or four viruses and your flu is just one so it would be a benefit for you to do that to help protect from the others. I haven’t seen an official recommendation for your situation but this would be my thought ...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
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
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 ›
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?
It's what we have: Using your immune system to generate protective antibodies is one of the great advances in healthcare dating back to smallpox in the 1700's. At any point there are at least 6 strains of flu circling the globe. Air travel mixes & spreads them fast. They can put up to 4 strains in a vaccine before weakening protection per strain. It's not perfect but I get one every year (X40+). ...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 ›
Had flu shot in mid november -- tested positive for influenza a after a very mild illness. How did I get the flu? Am 22 weeks pregnant.
Aprox 80% effective: First the flu shot takes 3 weeks to build full immunity so next year take it late october this way when the season starts (nov in the ne) you are ready. Influenza affects about 20% of the population an the vaccine gives about 80% immunity if correctly paired to the current strain. In your case you did get flu but had some immunity since it was mild. Stay hydrated! ...Read more
Nasal vs injected: What you mean by activated is unclear. There is no activated vaccine I am aware of. The injected vaccine is prepared from inactivated (killed) virus & cannot give you the flu. You can develop a shot reaction (mild) but it is not the flu. The nasal mist is a much weakened but live virus & rarely causes a mild flu like illness, but far less intense than a regular flu would be. ...Read more
Millions of people:
Mllions of people of all age group get the Flu Vaccine every year to prevent them getting the Flu
Those who do not get the vaccine are susceptible to get Flu when exposed to it ...Read more
Several possible: For an otherwise healthy 33 year old person, you should make sure you have had a tdap and I would recommend the hepatitis b and hepatitis a vaccine series. If you have never had the chickenpox you should be vaccinated for that as well. Some other vaccines may be indicated based on a person's medical history. ...Read more
The trouble with flu: Yearly, we have at least 6 flu strains circulating the globe. The drug makers use surveillance data to pick the 3-4 top strains in March, and rush to put that into a vaccine. More strains would weaken the protection provided by the vaccine to those strains included. By the fall/winter, newer strains can develop and air travel brings them to you. The vaccine helps, but cannot stop all flus. ...Read more
Is there any particular time of year to get flu vaccine or can be taken any time? Also does it protect for whole year? Mean when to repeat?
As soon as available: The flu vaccine will generally protect against 3-4 strains of flu. That protection is good for at least a year and likely several, but only against the strains included in the vaccine. The flu mutates often, and every year 5+ strains circle the globe, so effectiveness of a given shot varies year to year, but must be given yearly to keep up with mutated strains. ...Read more
I have never had a flu shot get the flu once a year. Are these super flus bring created by your vaccine eventually gonna get me and prob devour me?
Odd question: There are no "super flu bugs" created by vaccines. Vaccines are derived from strains created in nature. Nature sometimes mutates a flu strain to such a degree that a major part of the world population has never had a similar flu and it may reek havoc, as it did near the end of WWI. Since you get the flu every year, you likely have some partial immunity to new strains and don't get it as bad as some ...Read more
No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...Read more
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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