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Are People Who Get The Flu Shot Contagious
Just about: Everyone. It is not for infants younger than 6 months of age. "People who have experienced a severe (life threatening) allergy to a prior dose of an seasonal influenza vaccine" should not get the flu shot per the CDC.
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
Adults: 1 medically compromised people 2 health and dental providers 3 adults (more important as you get older) 4 day care providers 5. All adults not allergic to the vaccine. Pharmacies are now offering flu shots. The flu shot typically is formulated to prevent the most serious strain of the flu that the health profession is expecting this year.
To avoid illness: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around.
I did: I did, as I do every year, and have lived to tell you about it. So have millions of others. I ask is it ok to ride the subway (bart) in the winter with people coughing at you? If you live in a bubble you might not care to get one.See 1 more doctor answer
Flu Shot: With a flu shot it really is better late then never.
Yes: People who report illness after the flu most likely are experiencing their immune system revving up in response to the vaccine. Low grade fever aches, etc are not uncommon. It is NOT the flu, flu is an entirely different animal. High fever, severe aches and pains where it hurts to move, cough and other respiratory symptoms that can last weeks. It is a misery that is best avoided.
Influenza: Can cause you to feel tremendously ill. Every year - there are people who have increased risk who die from the flu. I think that Flu shots are one of the best things around!
Influenza vaccine: Most states allow for religious exemptions for vaccinations. Although influenza vaccinations might be required for some health care workers - I don't believe that influenza vaccination is usually mandated. However, I am not a lawyer - a lawyer may be able to give you a better response.
Depends on strain: At any given time there are possibly as many as 6-7 strains of flu circulating in different parts of the world. The flu vaccine that is developed every year relies on international surveillance to select the 3 most common strains to be included in the vaccine. More than 3 diminishes the effectiveness. Air travel can bring any strain to your local & if exposed to a non- vaccine strain, u may get it.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you are on active duty it may be mandated. If you have the flu you could infect many others.
No: It's too late to get the flu shot if you already had the flu, not if you or people close to you are "already sick." too many people think getting a flu shot is supposed to stop you from getting sick. It does, but it only stops you from getting sick with the flu, and nothing else. There are many, many illnesses, and the flu shot protects you from the flu.
Get flu vaccine now: Influenza activity is predicted to increase in the next couple of months, so getting the vaccine now will still be beneficial. This year has been a bit unusual, as influenza cases have been more prevalent, earlier than usual. We expect early 2013 to bring even more influenza activity. It's never to late to vaccinate. I had a teen with influenza a in july! He exposed an entire football camp.See 4 more doctor answers
Yes: ABSOLUTELY, ASTOUNDINGLY YES!!Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Keep close contact with your prescribing physician and ask all your questions. Since you must be seen every month while taking this, you should have ample opportunity to review every single detail.
It is possible but: I think any shot or treatment etc. Should be with held unless the person is not intoxicated and unable to understand why the shot is being given and cnsent for the same as long as one is drinking and I smell the alcohol I refuse to give flu shot or any other treatment till the person is sober to understand the reason for flu or any other shot or treatment. Only exception is life saving emergency.
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
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